S n o w
November 16th, 2013
Minsky Recital Hall, Orono, ME
University of Maine Collegiate Chorale, Christian Giddings, director.
Commissioned by Christian Giddings
SATB a cappella choir
The sky is broken.
It fractures, it falls.
Bringing death shadowed
Such nonsense stands to
- Christian Charles Giddings (b.1990)
If you have ever seen the way snow falls at night; as it passes from the void of darkness to the crepuscular rays of street lamps and house windows before resting in a tangled blanket of its ancestors, then you might have wondered for a fleeting moment if there were something more buried within.
The text of Snow, written by Christian Charles Giddings (b.1990), calls to mind a lackadaisical awareness of both natural folly and goodness to the way the world spins; creating - in my mind at least - sort of a sigh of reflection.
The flowing lines of Snow mirror the movement of the snowflakes as they fall to Earth while the purity of the a cappella choir reflect the purity of the newly-formed snow. The text is repeated three times through; each time the texture increasing in thickness as the snow falls; eventually coming to rest as it is consumed by the dark of night.
- Joshua Jandreau, 2012