J. A. C. Redford
J. A. C. Redford is an internationally recognized composer of concert music, film and television scores, and music for the theater. His choral symphony Welcome All Wonders contains the texts of five poems that deal with the Nativity and the Incarnation.
He has collaborated with a number of poets, including Scott Cairns and Malcolm Guite. The recording Let Beauty Be Our Memorial features Redford’s setting of Guite’s seven sonnets based on the ancient Advent “O Antiphons.”
Redford and Cairns wrote about their collaborationon on the oratorio, “The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp” for Image journal (Image, 44). Cairns’s “Writing the True Icon” describes how he became involved in the project; it describes how, while writing the libretto, he daily prayed the prayer of icon writers so that he would hear and record the Saint's voice faithfully and artfully. Redford’s essay, “Taste and See,” recounts how he used Cairns’s verses to guide his composing. Additionally, it illuminates some of the concerns that led him to choose a children’s choir to narrate the oratorio. See Image’s web pages for information about obtaining a copy of the articles.