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Carey, Christian: My Kiss is a Journey... 



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  • Program notes: 

    Music by Christian Carey
    Words by Stephen John Kalinich

    Christian Carey's "My Kiss is a Journey..." (2011) is a tender setting of an exquisitely delicate poem. The few precious lines on, essentially, "the breath of life," are rendered in fleeting passages, often homophonic and easy on the ears, but underlined with subtle and complex harmony. The piece flirts on the edges of tonality, the first five words of text setting up a cadence in E flat major that has to wait for an answer until the final chord. In the interim, there is significantly quick shifting of keys and chord structures, including phrases that are essentially atonal, but always coming to rest on E flat, first on the word "being," then "beyond" and then on the passage "the sound of creation." That same phrase is given to all four parts, in imitation, with a very beautiful tune first hear earlier on the words "you can hear a faint echo."

    Carey says of his work: "My Kiss is a Journey..." is a setting of a poem by my friend Stephen John Kalinich. Stevie is a wonderful wordsmith: his own album A World of Peace Must Come captures the zeitgeist of the late sixties countercultural movement and he's well known as a lyricist for the Beach Boys. I'm honored that he has let me set his words to music."

    - Michael Conley

  • Technical specs: 

    While the metronome marking (Quarter = 66) should generally be maintained throughout, minor tempo fluctuations and rubato to shape phrasing are permissible.
    The poet writes "Hmmmm." Performers may experiment with the amount that they incorporate the "uh" vowel, doing some passages with mouth closed
    (in head voice as necessary) and others starting with mouth open and then closing to 'mmm' (a hum). These details should be rehearsed in advance
    and consistent within sections.
    Aversion of this score with a piano reduction (for rehearsal only), may be obtained from the composer ([email protected]).
    The piece was composed in December 2011 in South Amboy, New Jersey.
    It is dedicated, with admiration and affection, to Stephen John Kalinich.



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