My True Love Hath My Heart

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for SATB choir a cappella (2003)

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Illinois State University Madrigal Singers

Duration

4 min.

Premiere

October 20, 2003
ISU Madrigal Singers
ISU Center for the Performing Arts

Commissioner

commissioned by Dr. James Major and the Illinois State University Madrigal Singers for the 47th annual Madrigal Dinners

Dedication

to Michael James Montgomery

Text

Sir Philip Sidney

Program Notes

I composed My True Love Hath My Heart in 2003 for the Illinois State University Madrigal Singers, which I was a member of at the time. I had come across the text – and immediately fallen in love with it – that summer when I sang Jean Berger’s setting while working for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. I was newly in love at the time, myself, and was still caught up in the novelty of the sudden swings from quiet adoration to romantic exuberance, so I decided to embody that in the score by writing in huge dynamic shifts – in some sections, nearly every note has a different dynamic marking: from mezzo-piano to forte to piano, and in the closing bars from triple forte all the way down to pianissimo. Also important to the piece is the juxtaposition of unison and extended harmonies – the lovers together and apart – which pervades the work, and which, despite the (happily) tempestuous dynamic shifts and the longing of the extended harmonies, finally settles quietly on a peaceful and contented perfect fifth.


Performance History

DatePerformer(s)VenueCity/State
October 20, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Choral Arts Festival
Center for the Performing Arts, Illinois State UniversityNormal, IL
October 28, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Ensemble Fall Tour
Afternoon performance
October 28, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Ensemble Fall Tour
Evening performance
October 29, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Ensemble Fall Tour
Afternoon performance
October 29, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Ensemble Fall Tour
Evening performance
December 2, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Dinners
Circus Room, Bone Student Center, Illinois State UniversityNormal, IL
December 3, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Dinners
Circus Room, Bone Student Center, Illinois State UniversityNormal, IL
December 4, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Dinners
Circus Room, Bone Student Center, Illinois State UniversityNormal, IL
December 5, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Dinners
Circus Room, Bone Student Center, Illinois State UniversityNormal, IL
December 6, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Dinners
Matinee performance
Circus Room, Bone Student Center, Illinois State UniversityNormal, IL
December 6, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Dinners
Evening performance
Circus Room, Bone Student Center, Illinois State UniversityNormal, IL
December 8, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Dinners
Circus Room, Bone Student Center, Illinois State UniversityNormal, IL
December 9, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Dinners
Circus Room, Bone Student Center, Illinois State UniversityNormal, IL
December 10, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Dinners
Circus Room, Bone Student Center, Illinois State UniversityNormal, IL
December 11, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Dinners
Circus Room, Bone Student Center, Illinois State UniversityNormal, IL
December 12, 2003Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Dinners
Circus Room, Bone Student Center, Illinois State UniversityNormal, IL
January 3, 2004Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
Shure/Kopija Wedding
Normal, IL
April 24, 2004Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
Dennis Tobenski Senior Composition Recital
Kemp Recital Hall, Illinois State UniversityNormal, IL
May 11, 2004Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Spring Tour 2004
Afternoon performance
May 11, 2004Illinois State University Madrigal Singers
ISU Madrigal Spring Tour 2004
Evening performance
May 1, 2016Cappella Orpheus
Nelly Matova, director
Across the Ocean: The Modern English-American Tradition
St. John Episcopal ChapelChampaign, IL

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