YPC Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez created Transient Glory, YPC’s first commissioning series to encourage today’s most respected composers consider the children’s chorus as a serious and glorious instrument capable of making music of the highest quality during the fleeting period of time when their voices are imbued with a particular poignancy and innocence. Since YPC introduced the series in 2001, dozens of Pulitzer Prize, Oscar, MacArthur, and Guggenheim award-winners, many of whom had never before written for young voices, have accepted commissions to compose for YPC. This “Who’s Who” of composers includes such renowned composers as Charles Wuorinen, Meredith Monk, John Corigliano, Joan Tower, David Del Tredici, and Terry Riley, among dozens more.
YPC has recorded three albums of Transient Glory music, the most recent of which is Transient Glory III, named by WQXR as Q2’s Album of the Week.
Here is a sample of what critics have said:
Transient Glory 2016
“Francisco J. Núñez, the chorus’s visionary artistic director, inaugurated [Transient Glory] in 2001. Its title suggests that for a few, fleeting years the voices of well-trained young people have a special sound, a poignant innocence. These qualities came through on Friday when the dedicated members of this multiracial choir brought affecting vocal beauty and impressive skill to six demanding and strikingly different pieces.” –The New York Times
Transient Glory III
“Transient Glory III offers a glimpse of what makes the Young People’s Chorus such outstanding interpreters: the solid, elegantly controlled and blended sound one would expect from a mature ensemble, combined with the bold and adventurous energy of youth.” –WQXR
“There are plenty of children’s choirs you can dial up if you fancy a bit of Rutter, Chilcott, or perhaps a suite of Folksongs from Around the World. The Young People’s Chorus of New York is not one of them. These kids take their thorny, highly rhythmic contemporary fare straight. And the more ethnically-charged it is, the better they like it….Bravo to the kids.” –American Record Guide
Transient Glory II
“A disc that has nothing but highlights…so far one of my top picks of the year.” –Audiophile Audition
“This recording represents the cutting edge of the 21st-century youth chorus and the possibilities it embraces. Surely this is a standard for others to emulate.” –American Record Guide
Transient Glory I
“This is an essential disc for fans of new choral music and for anyone who wants to experience the virtuoso capabilities of one of today’s finest youth choirs.” –Classics Today
“The singing of these gifted young folks simply blew me away! There are many competent and seasoned adult ensembles out there that would be hard-pressed to match this group’s intonation, rhythmic prevision, and enthusiastic confidence in these often very tricky pieces.” –American Record Guide