LEWISBURG, Pa. — "Remembered Love," a musical work by Bucknell Professor of Music Jackson Hill, has been released on CD in London on the Signum Classics label.
Hill's music, commissioned by the UK-based vocal ensemble The King's Singers, was premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in 2005. The work is on tour with the ensemble in the United States and will be taken on the King's Singers tour of Japan in December. The CD, "Landscape and Time" will be released in the United States later in November.
The work is one of several settings of ancient Japanese poetry that Hill has written for vocal ensemble. His "Voices of Autumn" was included in a Grammy nomination in 2004. His composition, "In Winters Keeping," commissioned by the San Francisco-based ensemble Chanticleer, was released on a Warner Classics CD in 2005, and has received numerous broadcasts over NPR stations and the BBC.
Kennedy Center premiere
Writing in the Washington Post, the reviewer of the Kennedy Center premiere of "Remembered Love" remarked that Hill's music "moves with stately deliberation in sections, some characterized by chantlike, ascending lines and others that move in undulating waves. Hill achieves remarkably varied textures by changing the vocal spacing from intense clusters to sonorities that span several octaves."
British composer John McCabe, writing in the CD's liner notes, states that Hill "brilliantly reconciles the worlds of a contemporary diatonic style and the strong influence of Japanese music, both in technical devices and in rhythm." Chanticleer and King's Singers CDs are available through Amazon and other record outlets.
Jackson Hill joined the Bucknell music faculty in 1968 and has served as a Presidential Professor and Associate Dean. His Second and Third Symphonies were premiered in Bucknell's Weis Center in January 2006. For more information or to hear Hill's music, link to http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/jhill/
Posted Nov. 9, 2006