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Path of Miracles

Posted at 3:49 PM on October 17, 2012 by Daniel Gilliam

Next weekend, The Singers, directed by Matt Culloton, will perform a monumental work called Path of Miracles by Joby Talbot.

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.