Professor Marta Ptaszynska’s piece premieres at restored Rockefeller organ unveiling
University organist Thomas Weisflog was joined by four university choruses under James Kallembach for a program including the premieres of works for chorus and organ commissioned for the occasion from Marta Ptaszynska, the Helen B.& Frank L. Sulzberger Professor in Composition, and William Bolcom.
Ptaszynska’s “Hymn of the Universe” was the standout—a setting of a text by Pierre de Chardin that deploys choral voices in cloudy aleatoric dissonances reminiscent of Gyorgy Ligeti. The effect was that of a mystic, cosmic celebration.
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