CELESTIAL SIXTIES I
Part One of
CELESTIAL SIXTIES: A SYMPHONY OF MEN'S VOICES
For Six Male Voices AATTBB
|By Christopher Fulkerson||
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Part One is a setting in one movement of the following texts in English:
The tragedy and the promise of resurrection is given in the final passages of the cycle, in the story of St. Stephen, represented in versions both the orthodox and the popular-progressive should be able to recognize. Rather than dwell on the difficulties and disappointment of the world shorn of the possibilities of the social, sexual and free speech revolutions on which we seemed then to be on the verge, but which have been so sorely and repeatedly corrupted and frustrated, I have created a sonic canvas made from the only form of expression on which all whole persons must perforce agree - the human voice. I have full faith that when it is eventually sung as I intend it, this work will create in the hearts and minds of its listeners the sustained passionate and transcendental experience I believe is needed to properly resurrect, celebrate and continue the 1960s, and I believe that it can contribute to give substance to the commitment never to abandon what was best and most worthwhile in the seventh decade of the Twentieth Century.
The dedications of the two parts of CELESTIAL SIXTIES are to musician colleagues, one a singer and group leader, the other a composer and conductor, who have "Gone completely beyond" in that way that none of us looks forward to, and whom both made crucial contributions to the development of musical Modernism in California during their lives that deserve to be remembered. Both of these men died far too young and the dedications are meant in the same spirit as the similarly under-realized decade I try to epitomize and elevate in the work. Louis Botto was a founder and administrator of the men's chorus Chanticleer, who twice commissioned me to write for his group and invited me into his home, and Stephen C. "Lucky" Mosco was a very fine composer and skilled conductor who championed many varieties of musical Modernism and whose music deserves to be better known.
Persons wishing to print up copies of the score will find that the pages are formatted better for larger pages than usual. The PDFs make good study scores on 8.5/11" paper, but are much more legible on the 11/17" paper for which they are intended. Anyone reading from this music will be much happier reading from the larger format, which in fact, with not overgenerous margins, fits comfortably onto pages of about 11/15" size.
Downloads are available of separate soundfiles created to facilitate learning this work:
The Bass Parts (Parts 5 and 6)
Update of December 24, 2014.