Music about the unusual, the exotic, the strange
Date: August 29, 2012
I'm currently programming an a cappella concert for a enterprising and ambitious amateur chamber choir in London.
I have the seed of an idea for a programme focusing on the exotic and the weird - things beyond the composer's (or the author of the text's) experience. (Not simply composers from exotic places!) To better explain what I mean, I'm thinking of works such as Weelkes: Thule/The Andalusian Merchant (the faraway and exotic), Steve Martland: Skywalk (an astronaut looking down from space), Toch: Geographical Fugue, Schuman Talismane etc. Perhaps also settings of Kubla Khan / Ozymandius. There is a possible religious strand too (Let All the World in Every Corner Sing; Whither Shall I flee from thy Spirit (Muhly) etc).
I'm making steady progress but would be most grateful for any ideas you might have. Possible keywords/lines of thought might be mountains/oceans/jungle/desert/sky/underground. Music could be from any period, for any a cappella scoring (we are a choir of about 35).