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Joel Frederiksen
1959 -
United States of America / Germany
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J. Frederiksen
Joel Frederiksen (1959) is an American bass singer and lutenist based in Germany, and director of early music Ensemble Phoenix Munich. He has released award-winning CDs with Harmonia Mundi France and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. He studied for a master's degree in Early Music at Oakland University where he was the recipient of numerous awards including "Distinguished Musicianship", "Matilda Award" and the "Distinguised Alumni Achievement Award". From 1990 to 1999 while living in New York City he was a member of the Waverly Consort and the Boston Camerata.
Requiem for a Pink Moon
Period:21st century
Composed in:2012
Musical form:fragments
Text/libretto:Latin mass
In memory of:a Tribute to Nick Drake (1948-1974)
Label(s):harmonia mundi HMC 902111
"I was deeply affected by Nick Drake's music from the moment I first heard it, in 1982, just eight years after his death. The union of the plaintive voice, the intricate guitar accompaniments, and the moving lyrics in songs like Time has told me spoke to me. From the recordings I learned to play some songs, performing them from time to time with my guitar... The idea for 'Requiem for a Pink Moon' had to wait a good long time. Once in a while, when I did find a guitar in my hands, I played 'Time has told me', and noticed how people responded to Nick's music. Then, very surprisingly, in 2000 I heard the song 'Pink Moon' in a movie theater as part of a Volkswagen ad, and was struck again by Nick's particular art. It is an art filled with melancholy, a feeling and a concept uniting him with the singersongwriters of the Elizabethan age. I kept running into people of all ages who knew about Nick and eventually had the idea of a Requiem. The idea of juxtaposing old and new appealed to me. I decided that I would perform portions of the Gregorian Requiem Mass (the Mass for the dead) alongside Nick's songs arranged for early instruments... Rest in peace, Nick, and thank you for the beautiful music." Joel Frederiksen Nicholas Rodney Drake was born on 19 June 1948. Principally influenced by Bob Dylan and the bluesman Josh White (the emblem of US protest song), he developed a very personal style blending British folk traditions and Black American blues. He was spotted by young American producer, Joe Boyd, who signed him to his label Witchseason (licensed to Island Records). He was soon regarded as a highly gifted songwriter. However, none of his three albums: 'Five Leaves Left' (1969), 'Bryter Layter' (1970) and 'Pink Moon' (1972), was a commercial success. The same was true of his concerts, with the result that he gradually stopped appearing in public. Nick Drake's fragile health was further undermined by his addiction. He died prematurely of an overdose on 25 November 1974. It was only several years after his death that he gradually came to be seen as an icon of the musical counterculture of the '70s with a Rimbaud-like aura as a počte maudit. His music was rediscovered in the early 1980s when groups such as R.E.M. and The Cure cited him as a key influence.
Requiem for a Pink Moon, An Elizabethan Tribute to Nick Drake contains inter alia:
- Requiem aeternam (arr. Joel Frederiksen) - 3:54
- Requiem in F (Horn) (arr. Joel Frederiksen) - 2:27
- Requiem II (arr. Joel Frederiksen) - 1:23