LEWISBURG, Pa. — "In Winter's Keeping," a musical composition by Bucknell music professor Jackson Hill, has been released on the Warner Classics label.
The composition, a setting of an ancient Japanese poem for a vocal ensemble of 12 solo voices, was commissioned in 2002 by the San Francisco-based ensemble Chanticleer.
The piece received its United States premiere in San Francisco, its European premiere in Merano, Italy, and its United Kingdom premiere in London during 2003. It was performed by Chanticleer in the summer of 2003 at the Tanglewood and Ravinia festivals, and has been performed on the group's tours to Japan and throughout Europe.
Another work composed by Hill, "Voices of Autumn," has received more than 100 performances by various ensembles and was included in a Chanticleer CD that received a Grammy nomination in 2003.
Much of Hill's recent vocal music has involved ancient Japanese poetry. "Remembered love, unforgotten dreams," a 2004 work commissioned by London-based ensemble The King's Singers, was premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., this past February and was subsequently performed at festivals in Canada and Germany.
Another Japanese-based work, "When spring is born at last," commissioned by Westminster Choir College, was premiered last November in Philadelphia by the Westminster Williamson Voices.
Hill's interest in ancient Japanese literature and culture stems from a period spent in Japan on a Fulbright fellowship in the late 1970s and from working closely with colleagues in East Asian studies at Bucknell.
More information about Hill, including links to his music, can be found at http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/jhill/