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Bernard Rands
1934 -
Great Britain, England
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B. Rands
Bernard Rands (02/03/1934), an English composer. He was born in Sheffield, England. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from the University of Wales. Later, while living in Italy he was a pupil of Roman Vlad and Luigi Dallapiccola. In the 1960's he studied composition and conducting with Bruno Maderna and Pierre Boulez in Germany and with Luciano Berio in Italy. He counts Berio as an especially important influence on his own work. He served as composer-in-residence with universities in the U.S. and England and taught at York University in England. He has received a number of grants and prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982-83. He became an American citizen in 1983 and is married to the composer, Augusta Read Thomas. He is especially known for his vocal music, and in 1984 he won the Pulitzer Prize in music for his Canti del Sole (Sun Songs).
Metalepsis 2
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1974
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:English, French, Italian and German texts + Latin mass
Metalepsis 2 (1974) for solo mezzo-soprano, ensemble of 6 voices (SSAATB), 2 flutes, trumpet, horn, trombone, 2 harps, piano, electric organ, and percussion (3 performers). "In addition to the text 'Hymn to steel' [by J. Wain] other texts (in English, French, Italian and German) are taken from 'The quotations of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung.' Also used (in English, and Latin) are texts from the Requiem Mass."
Requiem of Reconciliation - Interludium
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1995
Musical form:fragment
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Duration:11'36''
In memory of:the victims of World War II
Label(s):Hänssler Classic 98931
The work is a collaborative composition of 14 world-renowned composers from 13 countries involved in the Second World War. The 14 composers are: Luciano Berio of Italy (Prolog); Friedrich Cerha of Austria (Introitus and Kyrie); Paul-Heinz Dittrich (Dies Irae); Marek Kopelent (Judex Ergo); John Harbison (Juste Judex); Arne Nordheim of Norway (Confutatis); Bernard Rands (Interludium); Marc-Andre Dalbavie of France (Offertorium); Judith Weir of England (Sanctus); Krzysztof Penderecki of Poland (Agnus Dei); Wolfgang Rihm (Communio I); Alfred Schnittke and Gennadi Roshdestwenski of Russia (Communio II); Joji Yuasa (Libera me); Gyorgy Kurtag of Romania (Epilog).
The requiem memorializes the victims of the war. Created as a tribute to the victims of World War II, the work was commissioned by The Internationale Bachakademie in Stuttgart, Germany, founded by the well-known conductor Helmuth Rilling, who brought together the 14 composers to collaborate on the piece. Collaborative from conception to birth, Requiem of Reconciliation (Requiem der Versöhnung) was first performed by an international ensemble on April 16, 1995. Originally created as music for a Catholic Mass to commemorate the dead, the requiem provides a venue for the living to remember and honor the dead. As such, Requiem of Reconciliation calls for an international and collective remembrance of all the victims of the Second World War. The composers from Italy, Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia, U.S.A., Norway, England, France, Poland, Russia, Japan, and Romania, once enemies in the war, came together to provide the international community with the memorial.
Each composer was assigned a separate section of the Requiem of Reconciliation. Each worked within the tradition of the Requiem Mass differently, some incorporating Gregorian chant or other themes traditional to the Latin Mass, and some departing from tradition and simply using the general idea and spirit behind a requiem to guide their composition.
Author:Alwen Bledsoe
Requiescant
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1996
Musical form:free
Duration:30'
Requiescant (1996) for soprano solo SATB chorus, percussion, strings, harp. Duration: 30'.