New Video Release: Creation
A homophonic chorale, alternating in slow and fast tempo.
In anticipation of our 2021-22 Season, we will be releasing a new recording every other Friday for your enjoyment. Today we present Creation, composed by William Billings and recorded in May 2021 at Comber Hall, Church of the Little Flower in Miami, FL. Find out more about the composition below:
William Billings is often credited with being the first colonial American composer. Born in Boston in 1746, Billings’ life ran parallel with the lead-up to and aftermath of the American Revolution. A prolific composer, Billings published six collections of songs for group singing. Creation is a prime example of Billings’ style: A homophonic chorale, alternating in slow and fast tempo, is followed by a delightful contrapuntal fuging tune.
When I with pleasing wonder stand
And all my frame survey
Lord, ’tis thy work, I own thy hand
Thus built my humble clay.
Our life contains a thousand springs,
And dies if one be gone.
Strange that a harp of thousand strings
Should keep in tune so long.