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Published on Nov 8, 2013
James Rolfe's Open Road is a contrasting "road piece." The life-affirming poet Walt Whitman is no ascetic, and is a favourite source of texts for Rolfe. He says that, "I respond very keenly to Whitman's personal vision, a fusion of the spiritual and the physical, and his strongly rhythmic language, written with the cadences of the King James Bible in his ear." Soundstreams commissioned two of Rolfe's previous Whitman settings, Come lovely and Soothing Death for multiple choirs (2000) and Six Songs for Soprano & String Quartet (2001).
This work was premiered at 'The Music of Arvo Part' concert presented by Soundstreams on October 1, 2013 at Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada and performed by Shannon Mercer (soprano), Geoffrey Sirett (baritone), Choir 21, Virtuoso String Orchestra and Tonu Kaljuste (conductor).
Learn more about James Rolfe's work in our SoundMakers website: www.SoundMakers.ca/composers/james-rolfe