Ave verum corpus: after Mozart (2009)

for SATB chorus a cappella
commissioned by Hong Kong Young People’s Chorus

Premiere: August 10th, 2009 by Hong Kong Young People’s Chorus, conducted by Felix Shuen; Hong Kong

Performances:

  • November 11th, 2010 by University of Sotuh Carolina Concert Choir, part of Society of Composers National Conference 2010 [Details]
  • November 11th, 2011 by University of Wisconsin-Madison Madrigal Singers; Bruce Gladstone, conductor; Madison, WI

For a piece of music that has been a public favorite, its strongest power resides not only in its musical content but also the cultural symbol it comes to represent during its existence. Mozart’s Ave verum corpus has been one such example.

We are no strangers to death, it lurks often in the horizon and we are reminded of its ever-presence; but as death approaches, each of us comes to term with it in our own pace, and our own ways.

While the setting we all come to know is calming, this setting looks into the broad gestures of the original, and seeks to bring out the human aspect within the mystery of death.

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