I Am (audio only)
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I Am (Seraphic Fire & Molly Quinn)
Seraphic Fire performs “I Am” by Dominick DiOrio
Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor
Molly Quinn, soprano
February 17, 2016
Trinity Wall Street, New York, NY
Seraphic Fire's Northeast performances are generously underwritten by an Anonymous Donor; Alicia Celorio, Do Unto Others Trust, Inc.; The Clinton Family Fund, Bruce and Martha Clinton; and the Meredyth Anne Dasburg Foundation.
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Dominick DiOrio "I Am" (2013)
Dale Warland Choral Series
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WMEA Performance - Feb 15, 2014 - Jeremy Mims, conductor
Reincarnations: A Century of American Choral Music
Seraphic Fire - Patrick Dupre Quigley, artistic director
Naxos of America / Seraphic Fire Media
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Released September 9, 2014.
Mary Elizabeth Frye's poem "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep" has been used time-and-time again for funeral benedictions, invocations, and other ceremonies of mourning. Strangely enough, Frye preferred to keep her authorship of the poem anonymous, and it remained this way until 1998 when newspaper columnist Abigail van Buren publicly acknowledged her.
My musical setting begins very placidly, and takes the refrain of "I am" as a mantra for existence. The use of dramatic soprano solo is both a musical and theatrical choice, with the soloist communicating from beyond death to those still alive. The chorus is also a character in the action, at times reclusive or electric, but always with a steely presence. Most importantly, this is not a tepid music: the act of "being" is here an act of defiance, with life triumphing over the grave.