By Jonathan D. Green
This leading edge survey of enormous choral-orchestral works written among 1900 and 1972 and containing a few English textual content examines eighty-nine works, from Elgar's "Dream of Gerontius" to Bernstein's "Mass". for every paintings, the writer presents a biography of the composer, entire instrumentation, textual content resources, versions, availability of acting fabrics, functionality concerns, discography, and bibliographies of the composer and the paintings. established upon direct ranking learn, each one paintings has been evaluated when it comes to capability functionality difficulties, practice session matters, and point of hassle for either choir and orchestra. whilst current, solo roles are defined. The forty-nine composers represented comprise Samuel Barber, Arthur Bliss, Benjamin Britten, Henry Cowell, Frederick Delius, R. Nathaniel Dett, Gerald Finzi, Howard Hanson, Roy Harris, Paul Hindemith, Ulysses Kay, consistent Lambert, Peter Mennin, Gunther Schuller, William Schumann, Michael Tippett, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton, and Healey Willan. Written as a box consultant for conductors and somebody else thinking about programming concert events for choir and orchestra, this article may still end up an invaluable resource of recent repertoire principles and a useful reduction to practice session instruction.
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First Performance: 13 May 1964; New York; Interracial Choir; conducted by Harold Aks. Edition: A Year in Our Land is published and distributed by C. F. Peters. Piano-vocal score is available for purchase; orchestral materials are available for rental. Autograph: The full score is a facsimile of the composer's manuscript. Notes: Amram's choice of diverse texts describes the four seasons in America. He has organized it into six sections as follows: Prologue (Baldwin) choir 1. Spring in the East (Dos Passos)soprano solo and choir 2.
Choir: medium difficult; Orchestra: medium difficult. Discography: As of January 1993, no commercial recording has been made available. Page 17 Selected Bibliography Douglass, Robert: [review], American Choral Review, x/4 (1968), 194196. A Whole Bunch of Fun (1969) Duration: ca. 20 minutes Text: Lewis Carroll, Marianne Moore, Theodore Roethke, Eleanor Farjeon, P. D. Eastman, Ogden Nash, and G. F. Whicher Performing Forces: voices: mezzo-soprano or baritone soloists; SATB, SSA, and SA Choirs; orchestra: 3 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players - snare drum, tenor drum, bass drum, tambourine, crash cymbals, suspended cymbal, triangle, wood block, temple blocks, ratchet, xylophone), and strings.
Mannheim, Germany, 4 March 1928) Life: Adler is the son of trained musicians; his father was a cantor and composer of Jewish liturgical music. His family emigrated to the United States in 1939, where he attended Boston University (BMus 1948) and Harvard (MA 1950). His composition teachers include Aaron Copland, Paul Fromm, Paul Hindemith, Hugo Norden, Walter Piston, and Randall Thompson. He also studied conducting with Serge Koussevitsky at Tanglewood. Joining the Army in 1950, he organized the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra.
A conductor's guide to choral-orchestral works by Jonathan D. Green