This setting of Dies Irae isolates a portion of the text and juxtaposes driving, accentuated rhythms with towers of full sonorities. The piano writing provides an agitating undercurrent in the opening and closing sections. An outstanding showcase by one of today’s most important choral composers.
To hear a recording of this music by a men’s choir, click this link: https://youtu.be/YXyXxbFwbIY
The Columbine Chorale will perform a version for full choir.