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Kyrie

from Anthems by Paul Winter

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The Kyrie, prayer for mercy, contains the only Greek words left in the Western Mass and dates from the early centuries of Christianity. This is probably the first Kyrie melody composed by a wolf. The female tundra wolf featured in this recording was recorded in captivity at Pt. Barrow, Alaska. She sings the same four-note howl seven times, with slight embellishments each time. Her mystical melody includes the interval known as the tritone - three whole steps - and to Paul Winter, evokes the mystery of creation. The Chorus and Choristers were given the wolf melody to sing in free polyphony. The mode of the choral chant comes from the notes of the wolf howl. The double-bell rhythm that calls the Consort comes from Ghana.

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from Anthems, released January 1, 2006
Traditional; arranged by Paul Winter, Paul Halley (Living Earth Music, BMI)

Paul Winter | soprano sax
Paul Halley | organ

The Cathedral Chorus - Gil Robbins | conductor | Bruce Fifer | Peter Atherton | Jennifer Brown | Nancy Coker | Michael Dash | David Dusing | William Hall | Bonnie Hamilton | Randy Hansen | Cindy Richards Hewes | Stephen Montgomery | Dora Ohrenstein | Maitland Peters | Adele Robbins | Jon Rollins | Gene Rickard | David Smith | Lloyd Thompkins | Cliff Townsend | Leo Warbington

The Cathedral Choristers - Paul Halley | conductor
Temidayo Akinyemi | Rani Arbo | Christa Chang | Joanna Clymer | Niels Engberg | Ian Ford | Julius Ford | Laura Hildesley | Harry Kakatsakis | Jonathan Margulies | Sophia Morton | Samera Nasarredin | David Owen | Samantha Skolnik | Maxim Weintraub

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Paul Winter Litchfield

Paul Winter is a seven-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, whose sextet was the first jazz group to perform at the White House in 1962. His second group, the Paul Winter Consort, interweaves sounds from the natural world with classical and ethnic traditions, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Their annual Winter Solstice Celebrations and Earth Mass are among the most popular events in New York. ... more

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