Goings-on and recordings of Chicago composer, John Osterhagen.
Finale realization of “Nature is ever at work” composed in May 2013.
Finale realization of “My fire was in all its glory” written in February 2013.
Tantum Ergo. In an orchestration for Oboe, Clarinet, 2 Flügelhorns, 2 Horns in F, and Strings. (played by Finale)
I finally began writing again this week-end. I hadn’t really written anything since February and was starting to think I would never write anything again. I got the sketches and a good part of the organ accompaniment finished on a Tantum Ergo requested by the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales in St. Louis. I hope to have it done this month so I can take it with me when I do the recording in St. Louis in September of the Max Filke Mass for the BVM. Feels good to be writing again.
John Muir (1899) Scottish-American Naturalist
I have just completed the third and last musical settings on the writings of John Muir. Still a lot of editing and revisions to make, but the notes are there.
I just got an idea to write a new piece, ideally for the Peregrine Ensemble in Chicago. It would incorporate patterns, movement, and randomness. I’m envisioning a 16 part piece in which each part is written independent of each other and is sung (each 1 on a part) from different places in the room and possibly while walking around the room. I will have to find a short text with impact to set. It is also possible to group into “choirs” of eight and/or four parts each and for them to operate antiphonally. I’m seeing whole rests used to indicate to the singer how often to sing their particular part. This is just a sketch idea that I wanted to record so I don’t forget it.
Hi. This week’s recording is of “Veni, veni Emmanuel”, which was written for the Chicago Choral Artists and performed here by the men of the group. It is just two stanzas of the original Latin text, which is now better known as “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”. This opened a “holiday” concert in December 2011 and was sung partially in procession. It is split into two “choirs”, one is the supporting harmony and the other are three soloists singing the tune in organum (at the 5th). I am the counter-tenor soloist in this recording :)