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Sufjan Stevens’ 2017 ballet score The Decalogue gets deluxe vinyl release

Sufjan Stevens‘ ballet score from 2017, The Decalogue performed by pianist Timo Andres gets a new deluxe edition vinyl release on October 18, 2019.

The title of The Decalogue has a touch of the grandiose: it means “The Ten Commandments.” Yet this score, composed by Sufjan Stevens for a dance work choreographed by Justin Peck that premiered with the New York City Ballet in May of 2017, is quiet and experimental. Stevens’s piano score, as played and recorded by Timo Andres, sounds like etudes in the Romantic-modernist tradition, as if prompted by Debussy.

The Decalogue is the third collaboration between NYCB Resident Choreographer Justin Peck and Sufjan Stevens, following 2012’s Year of the Rabbit and 2014’s Everywhere We Go. The piece was widely praised upon its premiere; The New York Times lauded the “beauty and charm” of Peck’s choreography as well as Stevens’ “romantically modernist études.”

This deluxe edition of The Decalogue comprises a Stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket, 180-gram vinyl, 40 page songbook, 9×12 art print, special bonus photography booklet (limited to AKR only), and download card. The standard edition LP includes 140-gram vinyl, jacket, and download card.

Head here to order The Decalogue from Stevens’ record label Asthmatic Kitty Records. Also be sure to check out the artwork and track list below.

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Track list

1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. V
6. VI
7. VII
8. VIII
9. IX
10. X