Vesper Variations er skrevet av Ola Gjeilo og er for blandet kor og orgel.
- Deus in adiutorium
- Laudate pueri
Vesper Variations was permiered in 2003 by the Oslo Philharmonic Choir with Tore Erik Mohn conducting. It is my most contrapuntal work and all three movements incorporate the main theme in many different shapes and contexts. I was very much into the works of Bach at the time and wanted to write a piece that had a strong fugal element and still had a modal, contemporary and passionate feel to it.
Thanks to Karen Haugom Olsen for great suggestions for the organ part, to Tore Erik Mohn for advocating the piece and conducting it with such tast, and finally to the Oslo Philharmonic Choir for a wonderful premiere recording.
– Ola Gjeilo
The music of New York-based composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo has been performed and recorded in more than 20 countries worldwide in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Miami’s Knight Concert Hall and Jackie Gleason Theatre, and the National Galleries in London and Washington DC.
He has been commissioned by several ensembles and musicians worldwide, including American soprano Barbara Bonney (New England Songs, 2005), Ensemble Mendelssohn, and Voces Nordicae. His choral music has been performed by elite choirs such as Kansas City Chorale, Phoenix Bach Choir, VocalEssence, World Youth Choir, The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, and the Swedish Broadcast Corporation’s Radiokören.
Gjeilo’s first solo piano recording, Stone Rose, was released in October, 2007 on the Grammy® nominated label 2L. His music has been featured on PBS in America, on the Swedish and Danish Broadcast Corporations and on all the major Norwegian TV channels as well as several radio stations.
Born in Norway in 1978, Gjeilo began studying jazz, classical piano and composition at the age of seven. After attending the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and the Royal College of Music in London, he completed his Master’s Degree in composition at The Juilliard School of Music in 2006.