Composition Spotlight: Frozen In
Date: March 9, 2014
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig
(Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet. This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)
Level: High School Intermediate
Uses: Winter Concert
Program Themes: Snow, Ice, Beauty, Winter, Senses
This is no Disney song. Frozen In is high art! I was hooked in the first measure of the recording and willingly allowed myself to be reeled in by unmitigated loveliness. What a treat to add violin to the stellar piano writing! The harmonics project a chilling crystalline resonance to an already frigid ambiance.
Dale Trumbore’s Frozen In glistens like the sun on a snowy bank, sending sparkles of blue, red and green to dazzle our senses. I will be looking for more works by this talented composer.
The poem is by Annie Finch and can be found here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/238498
Frozen In is available from the composer’s website: http://daletrumbore.com/Composer/purchase.html