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Nico Muhly: So To Speak

for Orchestra Study Score

So To Speak is an extended meditation on an anthem for Pentecost by Thomas Tallis entitled Loquebantur Variis Linguis (they spoke inmany tongues). After organizing the material for the piece, I wrote a melody that works against, underneath, and above Tallis's lines to create counterpoint made of old and new elements. Patterns of aggressive woodwind scales and ornaments evoke some of the hysteria inherent in glossolalia (ecstatic speaking in tongues). The central section of the piece gestures towards an insect-like musical and religious fervor. So To Speak is scored for orchestra and lasts seven minutes. It is dedicated to Amiel Melnick. This piece was first performed by the Juilliard Orchestra in April 2004, conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky.

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Catalog Number 14022192 / SRO100009
Publisher Music Sales America
UPC 884088840877
Format Study Score
Series Music Sales America
Size .00x.00
Weight 8.1 oz