I composed the piece in 2003 specifically for the Madrigal Singers, a group that I was a member of for all four years of my undergraduate career at ISU. The group’s director, Dr. James Major – also the Director of the School of Music at the time (now the Dean of the College of Fine Arts) – commissioned the work. In fact, he commissioned me every year I was in the group for a new work for the annual Madrigal Dinners.
This is, I think, the best of my choral works, and is the most demonstrative of them of the push-and-pull / constant metric shifts I wrote about recently.
This particular recording was released on a CD put out by ISU titled “Sing On! Celebrating Fifty Years of Madrigal Dinners at Illinois State University”. A mouthful, that! I’m both conductor and part of the choir here.