I composed a setting of the 46th psalm this past spring, and now I'm looking to make a fully professional recording of it.
The goal of this project is to make a fully professional recording of a cantata I composed from January - February of 2011. I don't intend to sell the recording - all I want to do is put it on my web site so that I can share this music with the world and, hopefully, encourage other conductors and choirs to perform it!
The cantata is a setting of the 46th psalm. It's scored for choir, organ, brass, timpani, and bells. The money I'm trying to raise will go toward paying the singers and musicians for the recording session. The recording is scheduled to take place on Monday, December 5. The Kickstarter closing date is so early so that the funds can be in place by that time.
I composed this piece in honor of my good friend and former colleague, Michael Surratt upon his retirement after 32 years of service from the Union Church of Hinsdale, IL. Mike is an exceptionally talented organist, so the organ part is something fierce.
The text is from a very rare translation of the psalm, known as Young's Literal Translation. Mr. Young was a 19th century biblical scholar self-taught in ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. What's particularly striking is that he does not render these ancient languages into modern English grammar, but translates them word for word. The final effect is akin to the syntax of modern poetry, using vocabulary from the 17th century. It's a very striking text, to say the least.
For more information and to listen to my music, go to www.willcwhite.com
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I'd like to contribute a certain amount, but I don't necessarily want the reward. Do I have to take it?
Certainly not! The amount given is the minimum pledge to get the reward listed below it. Feel free to sign up for any award and donate more than the suggested minimum, or refuse a reward altogether!
By all means yes. I tried to low-ball the project goal, knowing that I would end up paying for a lot of this project out of pocket. Kickstarter doesn't allow you to donate to your own project though, so I can't include those funds on the site. Let's just say that any and all funds above the $4,000 mark would be greatly appreciated :)
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Oct 26, 2011 - Nov 12, 2011
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An mp3 recording of the pieceEstimated delivery: Jan 2012
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A copy of the recording on mp3 or CD, plus digital or print photos from the recording sessionEstimated delivery: Jan 2012
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An mp3 recording of the piece, plus a DVD "best of" video of the recording sessionEstimated delivery: Jan 2012
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An mp3 recording of the piece, plus a lesson/coaching session in any of the following areas: conducting, composition, voice, chamber music, instrument of your choice; OR a lesson in 19th century formal etiquette (available in Cincinnati and Chicago only)Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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An mp3 recording of the piece, plus a private lecture/demonstration prior to a concert of your choosing (available in Chicago or Cincinnati only).Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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An mp3, plus I will write a song celebrating your contribution/birthday/special occasion/anything really...Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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An mp3, plus a 5-minute composition of any sort ($200 per additional minute)Estimated delivery: May 2012