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Thirteen settings of American Indian, African and Sanskrit texts for mixed vocal ensemble. Composed in 1985.

Instrumentation: Mixed vocal ensemble

Duration: 40 min. (can be excerpted)

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Commissioned by LISTEN

NightChants (Settings of American Indian, African and Sanskrit texts)

I. Incantation (countertenor solo)*

II. Sanskrit settings

Lullaby (soprano solo)

Love Poems (ensemble)

III. African (Chindau)

Mateka (ensemble)

Chililo (alto solo)

Mafuve (women)

IV. African (contemporary)

The Call of the River Nun (ensemble)

V. American Indian

The Song of Bekotsidi (Navajo) (ensemble)

The Creation of the Moon (Caxinua) (ensemble/text piece)

Whatever Place I Come on Trouble (Crow) (ensemble)

The Dead who Climb up to the Sky (Eskimo) (ensemble)

NightChant (Navajo) (Countertenor)*

VI. Byzantine

Grace to You (from Revelation; set in Greek) (cantor-ensemble)*


* indicates that a setting is available on Chanticleer's recording Sound in Spirit

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