By Jonathan D. Green
This cutting 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 offers a biography of the composer, entire instrumentation, textual content assets, variants, availability of appearing fabrics, functionality concerns, discography, and bibliographies of the composer and the paintings. dependent upon direct ranking examine, every one paintings has been evaluated when it comes to capability functionality difficulties, practice session matters, and point of trouble for either choir and orchestra. while current, solo roles are defined. The forty-nine composers represented contain 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 advisor for conductors and somebody else thinking about programming concert events for choir and orchestra, this article may still turn out an invaluable resource of recent repertoire rules and a useful relief to practice session guidance.
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Developments and Trends 1 II. Survey of Works 14 Adler, Samuel (b. 1928) 14 The Binding (1967) 15 A Whole Bunch of Fun (1969) 17 Amram, David Werner (b. 1930) 19 A Year in Our Land (1964) 19 Barber, Samuel (1910-81) 21 The Lovers, op. 43 (1971) 23 Bernstein, Leonard (1918-1990) 25 Kaddish, Symphony No. 3 (1961-63) 27 Mass (1970-71) 30 Bliss, Sir Arthur (1891-1975) 34 Pastorale: Lie Strewn the White Flocks (1928-29) 35 Morning Heroes (1929-30) 36 Golden Cantata ("Music in the Golden Form") (1963) 39 Britten, (Edward) Benjamin (1913-76) 40 Saint Nicolas, op.
W. Wilson Company. Petersen, Barbara: "Amram, David," in The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, edited by H. Wiley Hitchock, i: 44-45. 4 volumes. London: Macmillan, 1986. A Year in Our Land (1964) Duration: ca. 25 minutes Text: The texts of this work reflect both the idealism and frustration of the American experience. 6 Performing Forces: voices: soprano, alto, tenor, and bass soloists; SATB choir; orchestra: 2 flutes, 2 oboes (oboe II doubling English horn), 2 clarinets (clarinet II doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (bassoon II doubling contrabassoon), 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani, percussion (3 players - snare drum, bass drum, bongos, tom toms, crash cymbals, suspended cymbal, Chinese gong, triangle, xylophone, Parsifal chime), piano, and strings.
Hoist suggests that the trombonist who begins the work should familiarize himself with the style and nuances of these chants disregarding the literalism of the notation. Anglican chant notation is used in one passage of Elgar's The Apostles. Narrator The role of a narrator has existed in choral-orchestral works for centuries, as in the Evangelists of baroque Passions. In this century, composers have introduced spoken narrations into many of these works. The spoken texts serve as literal narrations, introductions, or as a way to present text unhampered by a musical setting.