Instrumentation SATB choir and obbligato solo violoncello (or Bb bass clarinet)
Timing ca. 4′
Poem by Carol Burdick
Commissioned by the Alfred Chamber Singers in honour of Carol Burdick
World Premiere April 6, 2002, St. Jude’s Catholic Church, Alfred, New York. Alfred Chamber Singers; Rintaro Wada, violoncello; Luanne Crosby, conductor
Western Canadian Music Awards nomination, Classical Composition of the Year 2011
Performance Note Angeline on Ossabaw may be performed as a stand-alone piece or as part of the trilogy Three Songs for CB
Carol Burdick’s poem Angeline on Ossabaw depicts, for me, a perfect moment of innocence. Young Angeline dances on the beach, without a care in the world. The older women who watch her have danced in their own earlier time, and they know from their own experience that Angeline’s innocence will not last forever — for pain, sadness, and shadow will always be waiting for her.
This setting for choir and cello seeks to capture that perfect moment. The choir itself ebbs and flows like the tide against the sand, while the solo cello represents Angeline herself, dancing in her own perfect world, exploring and inquisitive, untouched by the shadow ahead of her.
For Ryan’s Angeline on Ossabaw, with its sensitive cello accompaniment, the [Canadian] Chamber Choir stayed the course. It was a beautiful performance. Ryan is an accomplished composer whose music would be equally at home in a traditional classical music setting. (Andrew Thompson/Winnipeg Free Press)
…Angeline on Ossabaw is singularly impressive, with sensitive choral writing and a lovely solo cello part.… (David Gordon Duke/Vancouver Sun)
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