Posted at 3:49 PM on October 17, 2012
by Daniel Gilliam
It's rare to hear an hour-long composition for a cappella choir (there is a little percussion, played by the choristers). Talbot's four-movement opus takes us on a literal journey: recounting the medieval pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, by way of Roncesvalles (in the foothills of the Pyrennees), Burgos and Leon. The choir sings in various languages, with a libretto by Robert Dickinson inspired by reflections of the pilgrimage juxtaposed with extant mediaeval texts.
Listen below to Joby Talbot's interview with WNYC's John Schaefer for his New Sounds program.