Goings-on and recordings of Chicago composer, John Osterhagen.
Veni Creator Spiritus, in a setting presenting the original Mode VIII Gregorian chant, followed by three verse settings:
I. Juan Bermudo (1510-1565)
II. Andrew P. Fredel (b. 1970)
III. John Osterhagen (b. 1974)
played by the Saint Cecilia Consort:
Annette Jacobson, Andrew Fredel, John Osterhagen, Gregory Peebles, and Matthew Dean
Recorded in 2007, this is “Attende Domine” sung by the choir of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel as part of a three choir festival at Rockefeller Chapel (University of Chicago), alto soloist: Mary Atkinson-Stukenholtz. The score is available from CanticaNova Music Publishers.
This is “Three Choral Miniatures on the Words of John Muir”, which I composed between 2012 and 2013. All three movements are presented here as one track:
Nature is ever at work
Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest, but in rhythmical motion chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.
- from The Unpublished Journals of John Muir (publ. 1938)
Completed May 15, 2013 and composed for the Peregrine Vocal Ensemble
2. My fire was in all its glory
My fire was in all its glory about midnight, and having made a bark shed to shelter me from the rain, and partially dry my clothing, I had nothing to do but look and listen, and join the trees in their hymns and prayers.
- from The National Parks and Forest Reservations (1896)
Completed February 16, 2013 and composed for the William Ferris Chorale
3. When we contemplate the whole Globe
When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- from Travels in Alaska (publ. 1915)
Completed March 8, 2012 and composed for the Lake Forest College Chamber Singers
total performance time c. 7:30
This recording provided with thanks by Mr. Matthew Curtis of ChoralTracks (www.choraltracks.com)
Hello. This is “My fire was in all its glory”, the second movement of my composition “Three Choral Miniatures on the Words of John Muir”.
My fire was in all its glory about midnight, and having made a bark shed to shelter me from the rain and partially dry my clothing, I had nothing to do but look and listen and join the trees in their hymns and prayers.
from “The National Parks and Forest Reservations” (1896)
This piece explores the kinetic energy of fire using tuplets against duples in many different combinations, but also tries to convey the sense of wonder, of Waldeinsamkeit that one feels when they are alone with themselves and with nature; this typified by the placid soprano melody at the start and the pianissimo restatement of the title at the end of the piece with the direction “utterly placid” given. This piece was composed for the William Ferris Chorale of Chicago, Illinois and has yet to make its première.
I hope you like it.
My thanks go out to Mr. Matthew Curtis of ChoralTracks for furnishing the recording.
This is “Nature is ever at work” from the words of John Muir. This is the first movement of a three movement work that I wrote called “Three Choral Miniatures on the Words of John Muir”. As you probably know, John Muir was an American naturalist and conservationist who was instrumental in the foundation of the Sierra Club and also Yosemite National Park and by proxy the entire National Park system. I will be posting the other two movements as they are completed by Matt Curtis of Choraltracks. This movement was composed for the Peregrine Vocal Ensemble, though it has never been performed.
This is Nunc Dimittis in a version for TTBB from a revision made in 2012, which differs from the original for SSAA version written in 2006 for the Choir of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, Illinois. This is prepared by Matthew Curtis of ChoralTracks and my thanks go to him for the care taken in making the recording.
The Nunc Dimittis is the Canticle of Simeon, which he is believed to have said during Jesus’ presentation at the temple:
Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace:Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuumQuod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace : according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen : thy salvation,Which thou hast prepared : before the face of all people; To be a light to lighten the Gentiles : and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
The piece ends with the Gloria Patri (glory be to the Father…)
This is the companion piece for the Magnificat Primi Toni found below. It uses much of the same harmonic language, but the Nunc is in a major tonality whereas the Magnificat is largely in a minor tonality.
I hope you like it.
Here is a recording of my Magnificat Primi Toni as performed by Chicago (then) women’s quartet (now sextet) La Caccina. This was performed last year as part of their concert “Ladies’ Home Journal”.
Tantum Ergo recorded in October 2013 by the Choir and Orchestra of St. Francis de Sales Oratory, St. Louis, Missouri. Conducted by Nick Botkins.
Finale realization of “Nature is ever at work” composed in May 2013.