Perkins’ Music At Crescendo Concerts This Weekend


A beautiful trumpet solo introduces the Kyrie from Simon Perkins’ “New England Requiem.” 

Those notes are both immediately familiar — the sound of wide spaces associated with American composers like Copland — and something new. Woodwinds join in with tighter spacing, mixing in seconds and thirds, adding complexity and pain. Soon comes the chorus, first echoing the trumpet entrance, then breaking out in rich chords. The placid, comforting mood of this mass for the dead remains dominant.

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