Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music


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Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music includes:
  • New poetry readings by Wendell Berry
  • New choral music (based on Berry’s poems) by composer Andrew Maxfield, performed by the award-winning Salt Lake Vocal Artists
  • Substantial booklet (with poetry reprinted)
  • Introductory notes by Jason Peters, editor of Wendell Berry: Life and Work
  • A newly commissioned portrait by award-winning illustrator Greg Newbold (album cover)


“In Andrew Maxfield’s settings of Berry’s texts, we feel a … clarity of purpose. This is music that draws reverently and articulately from our rich traditions—harmonic and communal—but is written for today’s ensembles and audiences. … Maxfield’s ample demonstration of craft is typified not just in his artful treatment of text and use of the human instrument, but in his restraint. This is straightforward and honest music.”
—Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe Chair, Choral and Sacred Music Thornton School of Music University of Southern California

“Maxfield’s settings of Wendell Berry’s texts are fresh and innovative …text and music are wedded beautifully together in every piece from the most contemplative and poignant to the powerfully dramatic, from lively dance tunes to simple prayers.”
—Brady R. Allred, Artistic Director & Conductor, Salt Lake Choral Artists

“‘Great work is done while we sleep’ says the poet, and Maxfield’s setting reflects the mystic side of night. The setting ends with a radiant choral explosion on the word ‘joy’ itself, replacing that sense of straight truth the poet brought; an interesting, and stimulating, juxtaposition of readings of the same text.”
—Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine


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