As we lead up to our April 18th concert featuring music by Wisconsin composers, we are profiling some of the composers and their pieces that we are featuring. We hope that you come out and join us at Alverno College Chapel on April 18th at 7 p.m.!
Andrew Rindfleisch: “Mille Regretz”
Andrew Rindfleisch’s musical career has included professional work as a conductor, pianist, vocalist, improviser, record producer, radio show host, educator and more. As a composer, he has produced dozens of works for the concert hall, including solo, chamber, vocal, orchestral, brass, and wind music, as well as an unusually large catalog of choral music. His committed interest in other forms of music-making have also led him to the composition and performance of jazz and related forms of improvisation.
As a conductor and producer, Rindfleisch’s commitment to contemporary music culture has brought into performance and recording over 500 works by living composers over the past 20 years. He has founded several contemporary music ensembles and currently heads the Cleveland Contemporary Players Artist in Residency Series at Cleveland State University, and the Vertigo Ensemble at the Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City. He has made guest conducting appearances throughout the United States and abroad with many diverse musical organizations; from opera and musical theatre, to orchestral, jazz, improvisational, and contemporary avant-garde ensembles.
This spring, we are singing Rindfleisch’s piece “Mille Regretz,” marking the first time Chant Claire Chamber Choir has performed a piece written in French. The piece was commissioned jointly by the San Antonio Chamber Choir under the direction of Scott MacPherson and the Lawrence University Concert Choir under the direction of Phillip Swan.
“Mille Regretz is a quiet setting of an anonymous text from the 16th Century,” Rindfleisch said. “Most famously set by the Renaissance master Josquin de Prez in one of his best known Chansons, the text laments a deep regret in a love abandoned. Here, this setting of old French lies low in the choral tessitura, offering a darker quality of sound, while the musical material moves back and forth between stark allusions to the music of the early Renaissance and a more lush, colorful, and almost distant, harmonic palette.”
The piece is challenging because of its luscious layering of harmonies and, for the basses, its very low register. But the result is a beautiful piece that you won’t want to miss.
The above biographical information comes from Mr. Rindfleisch’s website. To learn more about him and his music, visit www.andrewrindfleisch.com.