The Trinity Choir performed Nunc Per Speculum in Aenigmate on their final concert of the season, entitled “New (York) Music,” on May 17th. It can be viewed somehow online, but the link went bad. Will research that.
It was a fantastic performance and the entire concert is worth watching, with works by Judd Greenstein, Avery Griffin, Caleb Burhans, Lisa Bielawa, Charles Wuorinen, John Zorn, George Perle, Johannes Somary and Calvin Hampton.
The piece was premiered in January, 2009, and has been fully revised for this concert. It features three soloists-soprano, alto, tenor, each declaiming challenging prophetic texts, centered around Matthew 27, which quotes Jesus as saying, “Do not think that I came on earth to bring peace. I came not to bring peace, but a sword.” The work is an exploration of that text and a reflection on the prophetic tradition through I Corinthians, and is dedicated to the Choir of Trinity Church Wall Street.