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Gunnar Idenstam | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Gunnar Idenstam. Gunnar Idenstam b. 1961 Gunnar Idenstam, Swedish concert organist, composer, and folk musician is known throughout the world for his virtuoso playing, stunning improvisations, and untraditional and original take on organ music. Gunnar…  Read More

George Jeffreys | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer George Jeffreys. George Jeffreys 1610-1685 George Jeffreys was an English composer during the period that saw the introduction of the Italian seconda pratica to northern Europe. Jeffreys was organist to Charles I at Oxford in…  Read More

Dan Locklair | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Dan Locklair. Dan Locklair b. 1949 Dan Locklair is an American composer whose prolific output includes symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, and numerous solo, chamber, vocal, and choral compositions. He holds a Master of…  Read More

Anders Öhrwall | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Anders Öhrwall. Anders Öhrwall 1932-2012 Swedish composer Anders Öhrwall was a church musician in Adolf Fredrik’s parish from 1962–1999, where he founded the Adolf Fredrik’s Bach Choir in 1964, which he led until 2000. The…  Read More

Srul Irving Glick | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Srul Irving Glick. Srul Irving Glick 1934-2002 Srul Irving Glick was one of Canada’s most prominent and prolific composers having written in most major forms including chamber, oratorio, orchestral, vocal, and choral. Born in 1934,…  Read More

Sir John Goss | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Sir John Goss. Sir John Goss 1800-1880 Sir John Goss was an English composer, chiefly of English cathedral music and hymnody. Born to a musical family, Goss was a boy chorister of the Chapel Royal,…  Read More

Mark Kilstofte | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Mark Kilstofte.    Mark Kilstofte b. 1958 Mark Kilstofte is admired as a composer of lyrical line, engaging harmony, strong, dramatic gesture and keen sensitivity to sound, shape and event. His music has garnered a…  Read More

Jacobus Gallus | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Jacobus Gallus. Jacobus Gallus 1550-1591 Jacob Handl/Jacobus Gallus was one of the most respected and serious composers of the late Renaissance period in Austria. Around 1565, he went to Austria to make his fortune. He…  Read More

Henryk Górecki | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Henryk Górecki. Henryk Górecki 1933-2010 Henryk Górecki was a Polish composer whose somber Symphony No. 3 enjoyed extraordinary international popularity in the late 20th century. Górecki studied at the Music Academy of Katowice, Poland. The…  Read More

Giovanni Gabrieli | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Giovanni Gabrieli. Giovanni Gabrieli 1557-1612 Giovanni Gabrieli was an Italian Renaissance composer, organist, and teacher celebrated for his sacred music, including massive choral and instrumental motets for the liturgy. While not much is known about…  Read More

Carlo Gesualdo | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Carlo Gesualdo.  Carlo Gesualdo 1566-1613 Italian composer Carlo Gesualdo was Prince of Venosa and known for writing madrigals and pieces of sacred music that use a chromatic language not heard again until the late 19th…  Read More

Alexandre Gretchaninov | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Alexandre Gretchaninov. Alexandre Gretchaninov 1864-1956 Alexandre Gretchaninov was a prolific composer from Russia’s Romantic age who explored the art of musical writing within an extensive number of genres and forms. Gretchaninov began his studies with…  Read More

Tina Davidson | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Tina Davidson. Tina Davidson b. 1952 Tina Davidson is a highly regarded American composer whose music stands out for its emotional depth and lyrical dignity. She received her BA in piano and composition from Bennington…  Read More

Richard Dirksen | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Richard Dirksen. Richard Dirksen 1921-2003 American composer, Richard Dirksen, was well known for his liturgical pieces and his service as organist and choirmaster at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Awarded a scholarship, he studied…  Read More

Larry Farrow | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Larry Farrow. Larry Farrow b. Larry Farrow is an American composer, arranger, producer, conductor and keyboardist, clinician, and teacher known for his compositions rooted in the southern gospel tradition. He began taking lessons on the…  Read More