Department of Music
Rhodes College
Memphis, Tennessee


Music Text Relationship in The Choral Music of Jennifer Higdon: Compositional Aspects are Universally Spawned by the Text


Jennifer Higdon is an internationally renowned composer, most notably for orchestral works and the remarkable success of her opera Cold Mountain, based on the novel by Charles Frazier with a libretto by Gene Scheer. It was commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera, the Minnesota Opera and the Philadelphia Opera, and premiered at Santa Fe, NM in 2015. It was so well received that every performance was sold out, adding a performance that also sold out. Santa Fe produced a recording of it (the only opera they have recorded in 21 years. This opera also received the International Award for Best World Premier, and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016.

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