Paul Hillier

Composers

Biography

Born: February 9, 1949   Country: England  
English baritone Paul Hillier is one of the leading figures, both as a singer and conductor, in the early music movement and now makes his home in the United States, where he has shown increasing interest in new music.

As a boy he was a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. This position carries with it an opportunity to learn a wide expanse of choral repertoire, to receive a thorough musical and general education at the St. Paul's
Read more Cathedral School, and to make important lifelong contacts. After graduating from school he studied music at London's Guildhall. He returned to St. Paul's Cathedral in 1973 as its vicar-choral for one season. He was also a member of the Queen's Chapel Royal at Windsor Castle. In 1974 he made his solo recital debut at the Purcell Room in London. In the same year he co-founded the Hilliard Ensemble, becoming its music director. The ensemble soon became one of the world's best known early music vocal groups, and was much in demand for performances worldwide, making a number of bestselling and award-winning recordings. The all-male quartet specialized in Renaissance music.

In 1980-81 he taught as a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. After that he began to spend an increasing amount of time in America. He was the Copland Colloquium Fellow at Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1984. He became more interested in New Music and tried to get the Hilliard Ensemble to branch out in that direction. That, and a wish to add female voices and engage in the more theatrical style of performance presentation, led to his leaving the Ensemble.

In 1990 he moved to the United States to become a professor of music at the University of California, Davis. He founded Theatre of Voices, an ensemble of male and female singers, specializing both in early and recent music, and performing in dynamic, theatrical stage presentations. Unlike the Hilliard Ensemble, it was planned to include a varying number of singers, depending on the demands of the performances. Theatre of Voices records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi USA, on which it has released a repertoire ranging from twelfth century chant to music of Arvo Pärt, including Litany of the Whale by John Cage, and the selection of early American religious music, including hymns sung in the "shaped note" tradition.

In 1996 Hillier left California to join the faculty of Indiana University, Bloomington, as director of its Early Music Institute. This is an interdisciplinary study program offering undergraduate and graduate degrees involving not just the study of ancient performance practice and musicology, but also courses in literature, fine arts, and medieval studies in other departments and schools of the university. Hillier also is conductor of Indiana University's Pro Arte Singers, its early music choir.

Since his move to the United States, Hillier has maintained his active career as a singer and conductor, appearing frequently in North America, Europe, and Japan, though he has relaxed this pace sufficiently to carry out his teaching and administrative responsibilities and also to research and write. His books include 300 Years of English Partsongs, Romantic English Partsongs, The Catch Book, and one on Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, and he has edited of a book of collected writings of composer Steve Reich.

Hillier has won many prizes for recordings. He performs on the Harmonia Mundi, ECM, EMI, Finlandia, and Hyperion labels. Read less

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Composers

Biography

Born: February 9, 1949   Country: England  
English baritone Paul Hillier is one of the leading figures, both as a singer and conductor, in the early music movement and now makes his home in the United States, where he has shown increasing interest in new music.

As a boy he was a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. This position carries with it an opportunity to learn a wide expanse of choral repertoire, to receive a thorough musical and general education at the St. Paul's
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Introitus
Kyrie
Graduale
Tractus
Offertorium
Introitus
Kyrie
Gloria
Graduale
Alleluia
Offertory
Sanctus
Agnus Dei
Communion
Hymn
Ite
I. Prologue to Part One
II. The Fian
III. The Spring
IV. Recitative I
V. Cas Corach
VI. Guitar Interlude I
VII. The Sid
VIII. Recitative II
IX. Niam
X. Bodhran Interlude: Colloquy
XI. Prologue to Part Two
XII. Guitar Interlude II
XIII. Recitative III
XIV. Cael and Crede
XV. Cailte
XVI. Guitar Interlude III
XVII. Patrick
XVIII. Recitative IV
XIX. Fian Paternoster
XX. Epilogue
Introitus
Und es begab sich, da Jesus alle diese Rede vollendet hatte
Da kam Jesus mit ihnen zu einem Hofe, der hiess Gethsemane
Die aber Jesum gegriffen hatten
Petrus aber sass draussen im Palast
Und da sie ihn verspottet hatten
Und am Abend kam ein reicher Mann von Arimathia
Beschluss
Kyrie
Gloria
I. Sirisege, sirbikesed!
II. Maga, maga Matsikene
III. Mis sa sirised, sirtsukene?
I. Südatalv
II. Joig
III. Jaaniöö
IV. Torm mägedes
I. Kutse jaanitulele I
II. Kutse jaanitulele II
III. Ei ole püssil püütav
IV. Miks Jaani oodatakse
V. Jaani hobu
VI. Tulesõnad
VII. Jaanilaul
Eingang
Introitus: Das Jesus solches geredet hatte (Evangelist)
Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann (Evangelist)
Da furten sie Jesum von Kaipha (Evangelist)
Da nahm Pilatus Jesum (Evangelist)
Da ihn die Hohenpriester und die Diener sahen (Evangelist)
Sie nahmen aber Jesum (Evangelist)
Beschluss


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