• Searching for a Chorale - Ben Verdery

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    Searching for a Chorale was written in November/December 2016 by my mentor Seymour Bernstein. I had asked Seymour to write a piece for me several years ago. During the intermission of a gorgeous recital by our mutual dear friend David Leisner, I turned to him and said, " so, are you going to write a piece for me or what?"

    The next morning I received an email from Seymour. Here is a quote from that email:

    "I am thinking of a piece for you. You know how Britten resolves his masterpiece into a Dowland prayer? Well I have a favorite Bach chorale to dissolve your piece into. I already began to play around with the chorale."

    And so the journey began between composer and performer. After learning Searching.. I had many coachings on the work similar to others I have had with Seymour for the past 30+ years. He at the piano and me next to him with guitar in hand. A bit of our silliness is captured in the first video clip we released announcing the work. At the core of Searching for a Chorale and it's interpretation lay two people's profound love and respect for music and friendship.

    Searching for a Chorale
    Composer: Seymour Bernstein
    Guitarist: Benjamin Verdery
    Recorded at Elm City Records Speak Easy Studios
    Recording Producer: Solomon Silber
    Recording Engineer : Evan Bakke
    Video Filmed by Scott Johnson and Sean Hower of Polyphonic Ind. Maui HI
    Video Editor: Mitsuko Verdery
    Guitar: Garrett Lee
    Strings: D'Addario
    Clothing: Fumi
    Special Mahalo to all at St. John's Episcopal Church, Kula, Maui HI for allowing to film in this magical church and setting.
    Publisher: Doberman-Yippan
    Manangement: Gami/Simonds Show less
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