Listen: Caroline Shaw's "Firmament," From 'The Blue Hour,' on 'Resounding Verse'

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Caroline Shaw’s “Firmament,” a track from The Blue Hour—a song cycle collaboration among Shaw, Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, and Sarah Kirkland Snider setting excerpts from Carolyn Forché’s epic poem On Earth performed by chamber orchestra A Far Cry and Nova—is the subject of the latest episode of Resounding Verse, a podcast on poetry and song hosted by Stephen Rodgers. You can hear it here.

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Caroline Shaw’s “Firmament,” a track from The Blue Hour, a song cycle collaboration among Shaw, Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, and Sarah Kirkland Snider setting excerpts from Carolyn Forché’s epic poem On Earth, is the subject of the latest episode of Resounding Verse, a podcast about poetry and song hosted by Stephen Rodgers. You can hear the episode and song below.

The Blue Hour was commissioned by the chamber orchestra A Far Cry, which performs the piece with Nova on its first recording, released last month on New Amsterdam / Nonesuch Records. The music follows one woman’s journey through the liminal space between life and death via thousands of hallucinatory and non-linear images. You can hear it and buy the album here.

Shaw’s work was last featured on Resounding Verse in October 2021 for "A Gradual Dazzle," a song from her album with Sō Percussion Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part, and the poem it sets, Anne Carson's “Room in Brooklyn.” You can hear that episode, in which Rodgers describers her as “one of my favorite young composers,” here. You can see Shaw and Sō Percussion perform music from the album on tour now. Details/tickets here.

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Caroline Shaw: "Firmament," From 'The Blue Hour,' on 'Resounding Verse'
  • Tuesday, November 1, 2022
    Listen: Caroline Shaw's "Firmament," From 'The Blue Hour,' on 'Resounding Verse'

    Caroline Shaw’s “Firmament,” a track from The Blue Hour, a song cycle collaboration among Shaw, Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, and Sarah Kirkland Snider setting excerpts from Carolyn Forché’s epic poem On Earth, is the subject of the latest episode of Resounding Verse, a podcast about poetry and song hosted by Stephen Rodgers. You can hear the episode and song below.

    The Blue Hour was commissioned by the chamber orchestra A Far Cry, which performs the piece with Nova on its first recording, released last month on New Amsterdam / Nonesuch Records. The music follows one woman’s journey through the liminal space between life and death via thousands of hallucinatory and non-linear images. You can hear it and buy the album here.

    Shaw’s work was last featured on Resounding Verse in October 2021 for "A Gradual Dazzle," a song from her album with Sō Percussion Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part, and the poem it sets, Anne Carson's “Room in Brooklyn.” You can hear that episode, in which Rodgers describers her as “one of my favorite young composers,” here. You can see Shaw and Sō Percussion perform music from the album on tour now. Details/tickets here.

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