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Prayers Of Descent (And 3 Further 1-Hour Shows)

Lookup NU author(s): Dr William Edmondes


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‘Prayers of Descent’ seeks to perform a metamorphosis in real time from the sobriety of liturgical pronouncements to the perceived babble of ‘speaking in tongues.’ Much of Gwilly’s vocal work inhabits a space that can be characterized as a form of speaking-in-tongues while clearly owing debts to the likes of Kurt Schwitters (Ursonata); he was, however, also a pre-pubescent chorister before his voice broke, and therefore spent many hours listening to the ardently bored delivery of the English clergy while conducting liturgies. ‘Prayers of Descent,’ then, can be heard as a bridging of these two worlds.

Publication metadata

Composer(s): Edmondes W

Publication type: Musical Composition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2012

Subtitle: AV Festival Commission

Publisher: WFMU

Place Published: New York

Type of Work: Composition for Broadcast