Grace Chorale of Brooklyn has been committed to commissioning new works each season, and premiered Lainie Fefferman's piece, And how was your day today? at our Winter Concert this past January. The twelve part work seeks to reproduce the emotional arc of a typical work day over the span of twelve short movements. In her words:
I love the little surprises and singular excitements that happen in any given day, but it's the predictable regularity of our common experiences that this music underscores: the mid-morning energy, the glory of lunchtime, the afternoon slowdown, and the serenity of returning home at the end of a long workday. Though most of the movements use abstract musical ideas without words, all of the text in this piece comes from members of the choir themselves: I asked each singer to answer questions about their respective daily routines and used their beautiful variety of answers to create word collages for movements 3, 9, and 11. I had a great time writing this piece – a big thanks to Grace and Spiritus for commissioning it!
To hear a clip from And how was your day today? Go to the 2014 Winter Concert page by clicking here