for Choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)

Freedman acknowledges that the title of this work “may strike some listeners as being somewhat redundant: one does not, after all, go to a choral concert expecting to see fifty krumhorn players on stage!” But in fact that title points to the innovative nature of the piece, for unlike most choral works, Voices has no meaningful text. Continuing an exploration of very dense choral sonorities that Freedman began in earlier work, it relies almost exclusively on abstract vocal sounds. There are no recognizable words that tell a story, describe a situation, or summon forth images; nothing to distract the listener from the qualities inherent in the music and the voices themselves. “What text there is,” says Freedman, “is a kind of abstraction of Inuktitut. As far as I know, none of the ‘words’ I created actually exist, so there is no literary context. There is just music, just voices.”

Performed by:
Kammerchor Stuttgart
Elmer Isler Singers