At the Round Earth’s Imagined Cornersby Williametta Spencer (b. 1832)

Poem by John Donne  (1572 – 1631)

Conducted by Emily Pritchard

 

Biography:

Emily Pritchardis a master of music education with certification student at VanderCook College of Music.  Originally from Galesburg, IL, she received her bachelor of music degree in Commercial Music with a minor in Theatre from Millikin University.  She was honored to participate in the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project in 2009, and she began a private voice studio after returning from teaching English in Chile for English Opens Doors.

 

Program Notes:

At the heart of At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners lies a poem composed by John Donne - a poet, lawyer, and cleric during the 1600’s.  He wrote the sonnet as he grappled with his mortality.  The piece is through-composed, and Spencer switches between simple and compound meters to interpret the text.  The piece won the 1968 Choral Competition of the Southern California Vocal Association.


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