Premiere—2015, by Mark Bilyeu, St. Paul, Minn.
Noël: another word for Christmas, often as an expression of joy. According to Peter Wilton (Grove Online), many French noël texts were printed, with suggestions as to appropriate melodies, from the 16th century to the 18th. “They were sung in the streets and were interpolated into the midnight Mass of Christmas. From the 17th century, organists played instrumental variations on noël melodies; many surviving keyboard transcriptions of these survive, notably by Daquin and Dandrieu.” This little Noël was composed for my friend Rebecca Lindholm’s birthday in 2009, a birthday she shares with a great, impetuous composer from Bonn. Finger-games abound!
David Evan Thomas has been honored with two McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships, an Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and commissions from the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Born in Rochester, New York in 1958, Thomas studied at Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music and the University of Minnesota. His music is published by ECS, MorningStar, Augsburg Fortress and several other publishers. While he started as a trumpet player, Thomas has studied the piano throughout the decades, most recently with Stephanie Wendt and Irina Elkina. In recent years, he has participated in the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Thomas lives in Minneapolis.