Piano arranging and performing. Song composed by Jonathan Snipes
DARK THINGS is a thirty minute song cycle based on the poetry of Novica Tadić. His work is "dark…spare, and ever-mindful of the enormous acts of evil that human beings commit against each other." To convey this in a unique but effective way, the music incorporates both ancient and modern techniques, combining the aesthetics of the past with the timbres and techniques of the present. Backed by an award winning production team and comprising top musicians in their field, the ensemble consists of two sopranos, baritone violin, percussion, piano, and original electronics.
Novica Tadić, “Coat of Many Colors,” “Armful of Twigs, Dream,” “Ten Fingers,” “Someone Whispered to Me in a Dream,” “Straitjacket,” “Sheepskin Coat,” “You Are Mighty,” “A Bird Started to Sing,” “Out of Some Old Thing,” “Rabbit,” “Book, Dream,” “Dark Things,” and “Hatred” from Dark Things, translated by Charles Simic. Translation copyright © 2009 by Charles Simic. Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc. on behalf of BOA Edictions Ltd., 250 North Goodman Street, Suite 306, Rochester, NY 14607, USA, www.boaeditions.org. All rights reserved worldwide.
John W. Snyder is an active composer and pianist in Los Angeles. He has received numerous academic and composition honors, including induction into the Wheaton Scholastic Society, UCLA’s Henry Mancini Award, and an honor by the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards for his song cycle Dark Things. He has also scored numerous films, documentaries, and commercials for clients such as Capitol Records, Chevy, VW, the Affordable Care Act, Disney, Lenovo, and many others. Snyder holds degrees from Wheaton College, IL (B.M., summa cum laude) and UCLA (M.M.).
© 2015 John W. Snyder