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Notker

(1999-2012)
Pablo Ortiz
for organ and male choir
Instrument(s) + Choir
2012
TOV023c
A4, 36 pages

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Theatre of Voices Edition is a publishing initiative founded by and under the artistic leadership of the singer and conductor Paul Hillier. Each publication is prepared carefully to meet the standards of professional choir singers and conductors of the 21st century.

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I came across the texts in Notker thanks to Paul Hillier, who showed them to me in 1994. I was fascinated by the clarity with which Notker the Stammerer teaches ways to remember “extremely long melodies”, and the candid description that he offers of himself as a “toothless man of stammering speech” when he talks about his own accomplishments. Coming from someone who died in 912, Notker’s comment was unexpectedly modern: I had the feeling that we could have been friends. 

The piece was written for and is dedicated to the Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier. 

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