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 offers a biography of the composer, whole instrumentation, textual content resources, variants, availability of acting fabrics, functionality matters, discography, and bibliographies of the composer and the paintings. established upon direct rating examine, every one paintings has been evaluated when it comes to capability functionality difficulties, practice session concerns, 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 someone else all in favour of programming concert events for choir and orchestra, this article should still end up an invaluable resource of recent repertoire rules and a useful reduction to practice session education.
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60 (1919-21) 118 Hanson, Howard (1896-1981) 120 The Lament for Beowulf, op. 25 (1925) 121 Three Songs from "Drum Taps," op. 32 (1935) 123 Harris, Roy (1898-1979) 124 Symphony No. 4, Folk Song (1940) 126 Hindemith, Paul (1895-1963) 128 When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd (1946) 129 Holst, Gustav (1874-1934) 132 Hymn of Jesus, op. 37 (1917) 134 First Choral Symphony, op. 41 (1923-24) 137 Hovhaness, Alan (b. 1911) 139 Easter Cantata, op. 100 (1953) 140 Magnificat, op. 157 (1958) 142 Cantata: Praise the Lord with Psaltery, op.
Ned Rorem chose Paul Goodman's Dead of Spring as the source of verses for his The Poet's Requiem. It too, serves as an anthology, in this case one concerned with our relationship to death. The more common approach exhibited in these works is that of the composer as compiler. The breadth of source materials evidenced in these compositions betrays the intimate involvement in literature among this century's composers. In many of the works, the composer becomes a critic of sorts, drawing upon the "finest" available expressions of each concept to be addressed within the piece.
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.