Rilling's custom "Alleluia" score

  • Sep 9, 2013

On July 14, 2013, more than two thousand OBF patrons and musicians gathered in the Hult Center lobby to present outgoing artistic director Helmuth Rilling with a champagne toast and a final gift: a beautiful handbound score of James MacMillan's Alleluia, which was written for Rilling and premiered at the July 6 Passing of the Baton concert. The volume, which included a CD of the July 6 performance, was designed and produced by Eugene artisan Sandy Tilcock of lone goose press, in collaboration with artists Susan Price and Marilyn Reaves, and presented to Rilling by OBF President and General Director John Evans.

Tilcock bound the score in such a way that the pages could be spread continuously, as a conductor would read a score. The main lettering is printed in a gold ink dusted with a gold pigment to harmonize with the gold strands woven into the dark green cover fabric. For the glasswork inlaid in its cover, Price crafted a pattern from clippings removed from a friend’s golden gingko tree near Eugene. 

The gingko symbolizes longevity, resilience, hope and peace. "I could think of nothing more befitting to incorporate given the passion, enlightenment and healing your music brings to our world," said Price. View the images on FlickR Prior to presentation of the bound score, state representative Phil Barnhart honored Rilling with a resolution from the State of Oregon, proclaiming the conductor’s contributions to the cultural life of the state. Later in the evening, UO President Michael Gottfredsen presented Rilling with his third honor from the University of Oregon, its Presidential Medal. Rilling became the first person in the history of the university to have been honored with all three of its highest awards, having previously received the UO’s Distinguished Service Award in 1985 and an Honorary Doctorate in 1991.  The honors capped a year in which Rilling celebrated his 80th birthday and received Chorus America’s Distinguished Service Award and the Eugene’s Arts and Letters Award.

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