Nowell (in the Lithuanian manner)

year: 1995    instrumentation: Christmas carol for SA choir   

One of the most beautiful and intriguing polyphonic traditions is that of Lithuanian folk music, which exploits the interval of a second. By allowing the voices to leap-frog over each other a piquant sonority is achieved without forcing the singers to move in parallel motion. Iíve used this principle in my little NOWELL setting for Baroque Voices.

click here for Nowell (in the Lithuanian manner) at SOUNZ