World Premiere of Anna Clyne’s Body Compass for Children’s Chorus
Clyne’s new work for children’s chorus Body Compass, with text by Caitlin Doyle, receives its world premiere on April 27.
Anna Clyne has composed a new work for children’s chorus and string quintet called Body Compass, which was commissioned by Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker. The choir performs the world premiere of Body Compass on April 27 and 28 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.
Body Compass, which is approximately 5 minutes in duration, was sets texts by poet Caitlin Doyle that were written especially for the new work. Doyle’s texts meditate on themes of breaking down boundaries that alienate us from each other; she makes the following statement about the work’s message:
"Body Compass explores the question of how human beings can dismantle boundaries, internal and external, that threaten to render us at odds with one another. With the chorus separated into two halves, Group A and Group B, the song unfolds via a layered conversation as each group performs a negotiation, both linguistic and musical, between self and other."
Other choral works written by Anna Clyne include two Pocket Books VIII and LXV, which are settings of Shakespeare sonnets that Clyne composed for the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth.