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Western Wind: An Almost A Cappella Songbook

Introduction:
O Western Wind
Medieval:
Sumer is Icumen In
Flos Regalis
Se d'Amer Me Repentoie
Irme Quiero Madre
Renaissance:
Ay Luna
Miraculous Love's Wounding
L'Amfiparnaso, Act I, Scene I
Dolcissimo Uscignolo
Contemporary:
Vessels
Zango
Mexico Fellaheen
Spirituals:
Amazing Grace / The Promised Land
I Believe This Is Jesus
Folk, Pop, & Jazz
I'm too Tired to Tell You That I Love You
'Round Midnight
I'm Beginning to See the Light
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Sh'boom, Life Could Be a Dream
Canary in a Coal Mine
Wimowen
That Lonesome Road

The members of Western Wind, four men and two women, share an incredible depth of experience and scholarship. Combine that a musical sensitivity that embraces almost any genre, and the result is a "musical history tour." Beginning with the medieval, the group includes Rennaissance polyphony, African-American spirituals and Duke Ellington swing on their journey. "Dolcissimo Uscignolo" and "L'Amfiparnaso" border on the operatic. Philip Glass' "Vessels" (Glass is a contemporary composer of some repute) takes as a central concept a repetitive series of intervals, minor second, major second, minor third, though not in that order, juxtaposed against an arpeggiated scale or repeated tone, conveying a marvelous sense of energy, upward movement and growth. Fifties doo-wop takes a turn with "Sh'boom, Life Could Be A Dream," though the vocal style is much too refined to resemble the original version(s). Four tracks have minimal accompaniment.

Item code: 2238C | 1 CD | $14.98 |add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | United States
2002

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