for TTBB ensemble
Gregory Brown’s Twilight Hours is a nuanced and delicate art song for tenor and bass voices. The harmonic language utilized by Brown in this work captures the emotion of the text perfectly.
As always, careful attention to dynamic shaping throughout is critical to realizing this piece. However, while preparing Twilight Hours for its premiere I found it important to give detailed attention to the nuance of the text, and allow that to influence the ebb and flow of the tempo throughout. Allowing the lyrical quality of the poetry to shape rubato throughout helped bring this piece to life in an exciting and vibrant way.
Composer Gregory W. Brown’s works have been performed across the United States and Europe — most notably in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Cadogan Hall in London, and the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Brown’s cantata un/bodying/s was premiered by two-time Grammy winning Philadelphia choir The Crossing in June 2017 and released on Innova Records. This 35-minute work for 24 voices uses new texts by poet Todd Hearon and focuses on issues of displacement and ecology around the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir.
His commissions for two-time Grammy nominees New York Polyphony have been heard on American Public Media’s Performance Today, BBC Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Kansas Public Radio, and Danish National Radio; his Missa Charles Darwin received its European debut in March 2013 at the Dinosaur Hall of Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde.
Brown’s 2015 CD of original choral and vocal works — Moonstrung Air — was Q2’s Album of the Week for Feb 16th, noting that “[Brown’s] command of transcendent sound is constant...the pieces ring like higher-power-bells, those of science, faith and the human voice.” Missa Charles Darwin was recently re-issued in a special edition to coincide with the publication of his brother’s new novel — Origin — in which it makes an appearance.
Voces Tallin’s recent disc A Black Birch in Winter features three pieces by Brown; This disc won the Annual Music Award of the Estonian Culture Endowment for 2019. Other recordings include releases on the Innova, Parma/Navona, Acis, and Albany labels.
Current and recent commissions include works for Variant 6, Grammy-nominated Skylark Ensemble, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Constellation Mens Ensemble (Chicago), Ensemble Nobiles (Leipzig), Boston Choral Ensemble, soprano Mary Hubbell (USA), contralto Kristine Gether (Denmark), countertenor Geoffrey Silver (UK), and others.