The Silver Swan
One of my favorite Renaissance “gems” is The Silver Swan by Orlando Gibbons. It’s fun to sing, beautiful and moving to listen to, and a great study resource for theory and composition students. It has long been a fantasy of mine to set this text and I’m thrilled to have done it for Nic Cummins and the Northwestern State University Chamber Choir. They’ll premiere it on October 29 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. I was sure to subtly pay homage to Orlando in my setting. I never grow tired of hearing that piece.