Nomina sunt consequentia rerum
for SATB chorus(2010)
|Commission||Commissioned by the New York Virtuoso Singers|
|Premiere||March 3, 2013; Kaufman Music Center, New York, NY; The New York Virtuoso Singers; Harold Rosenbaum, conductor|
With Nomina sunt consequentia rerum (“names are the consequences of things”) for The New York Virtuoso Singers, Felder has written an invocation to guardian angels, based on a text from Dante’s In La Vita Nuovo:
God gives me an angel.
In the sight of the angels, I sing to thee.
Felder explains: “When reflecting upon the impressive and odds-defying anniversary of one Harold Rosenbaum and his elite group of singers, it is clear to observe that in the face of all manner of difficulties that arise in persevering, full employment of requisite guardian angels is an absolute imperative.” In this meditative work, Felder employs German and Latin texts associated with the autumnal “feast of the guardian angels,” using words referring to the presence of light (lux, lumine, luceat). Felder concludes the work with one full line of text: “in conspecto angelorum psallam tibi” (“in the sight of the angels we sing to thee”).