Vermont Harmony (1991)

by Village Harmony

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'Vermont Harmony' was a collaboration of select teenage singers ages 10-18 from throughout central Vermont under the direction of Larry Gordon. The group specialized in the lively community choral music of early New England, but also performed Eastern European village songs, medieval music and contemporary pieces.

This CD contains selections from their concert programs of the spring, 1991. The first section features early New England hymns and fuging tunes, mostly from the first edition of the Northern Harmony songbook. These songs come out of the popular community singing tradition that flourished throughout the rural Northeast in the decades after the American Revolution. The music is fierce and immensely powerful, featuring haunting modal melodies, stark, open harmonies and contrapuntal "fuging" sections. It is particularly well-suited to the energy and clarity of teenage voices (which is not surprising since teenagers comprised the majorities in most of the early singing schools for which this music was created.)

The second part features hymns and processional songs from the 14th century as well as three contemporary pieces in the singing school idiom. 23rd Psalm and Changing of the Guard are by Vermont Harmony member Seth Hoston. Text for the latter comes from the well-known poem by AA Milne.

credits

released November 12, 2014

Larry Gordon, director

Singers:
Amity Baker (trumpet), Melissa Brough, Jenna Carpenter, Katie Carpenter, Sara Ceppetelli, Caroline Conant, Josh Demers (trumpet), Fred Emigh, Sara Gonzalez, Seth Houston (clarinet), Emily Lash, Gina Pastore, Gabriela Schernthaner (trumpet), Moira Smiley, Ian Smiley (clarinet), Porter Lontz Underhill, Toby Wells, Emily Wells

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Village Harmony Vermont

Based in Vermont, Village Harmony is dedicated to the study & performance of traditional polyphonic singing and sponsors an extensive program of traveling sing camps for teenagers and adults across the globe. Each group meets for a week-long rehearsal retreat before going on the road for a concert tour. The CD compilations here represent some of the most exciting performances from these tours. ... more

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