About the composer
Jacob Cooper (born in Brooklyn, 1980) is an American composer living in Philadelphia. After attending Amherst College for his bachelor’s degree in both geology and music Cooper completed his graduate studies in composition at the Yale School of Music and later formed the composers’ collective Sleeping Giant with several of his classmates. His works have been performed among others by the Calder Quartet, JACK Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, Minnesota Orchestra.
Cooper is an Associate Professor at West Chester University and previously served on the faculty at Amherst College.
Cooper’s largest projects include Silver Threads, a song cycle for voice and electronic track released by Nonesuch Records, and Ripple the Sky, a work for voice and processed string octet commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. These works highlight Cooper’s focus on slow development and the stretching of musical time. Many of Cooper’s compositions involve live processing and electronics, and his interest in the digital realm extends to visual media.
About the Stabat Mater
Orchestra, soprano and mezzo soprano
Note from the composer (from the booklet):
The text, based on the original Stabat Mater text, focuses on maternal grief about the loss of a daughter:
No colour bar as the composer has used an adapted text.
Information about the recording
|CD1:||FACD6823 Furious Artisans String Orchestra of Brooklyn – Afterimage|
Thanks to Christine Read I got acquainted with Jacob Coopers Stabat. This is what she wrote to me:
From the CD-booklet: The works on this album take as their starting point a single moment from an older work and, through processes of repetition, distortion and in the case of the Stabat mater, extreme slow-motion, create a completely new soundscape, like opening up a small door into an unfamiliar world. We hope you find the as beautifully disorienting as we do.
|Orchestra:||String Orchestra of Brooklyn|
Melissa Hughes, soprano
Christopher Cerrone, High Windows
|Code:||COO - 01|