I wrote In Paradisum for Willem Moolenbeek and Boyd McDonald in 2007. This recording is from spring of 2007, the premiere performance in Waterloo, Ontario. Willem Moolenbeek on Sax and Boyd McDonald on the piano. The choir is a pickup choir, this concert later became the inspiration for starting the Vancouver Peace Choir.
“The final piece premiered Corlis’s composition Into Paradise. The work and the concert were conceived as a celebration of the Earth and the sentiment that (in Corlis’ words) “we love our home.”
The piece began with a repeated pattern of softly-sustained chords with progressively interesting tonal clusters advancing a subtle and irresistible tension. An intensifying combination of melodic choral lines, impressionistic saxophone phrases and assertive piano chords developed into a broad, lush climax, finally receding to a singularly chanted note. The concluding requiem aeternam built upon a quietly rumbling bass and settled into wonderful harmonic repose.
The work held the audience spellbound with a performance that achieved both musical integrity and spiritual intensity. The final visual image of Earth from outer space — having been through this wonderful musical journey — was inevitably observed with a new level of meaning and insight.”
- Steven Preece, Reviewing In Paradisum, Kitchener-Waterloo Record, April 27, 2007.