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, whole instrumentation, textual content assets, versions, availability of appearing fabrics, functionality matters, discography, and bibliographies of the composer and the paintings. dependent upon direct ranking research, every one paintings has been evaluated by way of capability functionality difficulties, practice session concerns, and point of trouble for either choir and orchestra. whilst 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 eager about programming live shows for choir and orchestra, this article may still turn out an invaluable resource of latest repertoire principles and a useful reduction to practice session instruction.
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Finney's Still Are New Worlds and Martyr's Elegy both contain electronically synthesized sounds which are preserved as taped music. In this way, the composer is able to introduce non-acoustic sounds into his ensemble. In both works the presence of the taped sounds is indicated by a line running through the score. There are no indications within the score of any events on the tape and thus no clear integration Page 4 is possible between the live and recorded sounds. Only the concurrence of sound can be maintained.
Works to be included must be for full chorus and orchestra, containing some English text, and composed between 1900 and 1972. These works were originally chosen for having at least one citation indicating a length of twenty or more minutes. During the course of this study, certain works were found to be slightly shorter; however these pieces were retained if they proved no less than fifteen minutes long. The last qualification for inclusion is that performance materials are commercially available.
Myrtle 4. The Ballad of the CatEleanor Farjeon5. The Ballad of the DogP. D. Eastman6. More About MyrtleTheodore Roethke a. Myrtle's Cousin b. Goo-Girl 7. Three FablesMarianne Moore a. O to be a Dragon b. To a Chameleon c. A Jellyfish 8. I will Arise and Go NowOgden Nash9. Time for SadnessGeorge F. WhicherPerformance Issues: This work was written for performance by a good public-school music program. Adler has very intelligently crafted a work of attractive and sophisticated music which is within the means of such students.
A conductor's guide to choral-orchestral works by Jonathan D. Green