A conductor's guide to choral-orchestral works by Jonathan D. Green

By Jonathan D. Green

This cutting edge survey of huge 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, versions, availability of appearing fabrics, functionality concerns, discography, and bibliographies of the composer and the paintings. dependent upon direct rating research, each one paintings has been evaluated when it comes to power functionality difficulties, practice session concerns, and point of hassle 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 consultant for conductors and an individual else curious about programming concert events for choir and orchestra, this article may still turn out an invaluable resource of latest repertoire rules and a useful reduction to practice session instruction.

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The poets whose works are included are Lewis Carroll, Marianne Moore, Theodore Roethke, Eleanor Farjeon, P. D. Eastman, George Whicher, and Ogden Nash. In his A Year in Our Land, David Amram uses the writings of James Baldwin, John Dos Passos, Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, Thomas Wolfe, and Walt Whitman. Each of the selections addresses a particular aspect of the failure of the "American dream," including transience as a failed pursuit of happiness, religious injustice, social inequities of homosexuals, and urban blight.

There is rapid unison passagework in the strings and winds. Soloists: soprano, range: c'-b", tessitura: g'-e", lyric and sustained; Isaac (a boy or young girl) - soprano, range: e'-ab", tessitura: a'-f", clear and lyric; narrator - alto, range: g-g", tessitura: d'-d", strong and speech-like; tenor (also Satan), range: c-a', tessitura: g-f, bright with broad leaps; baritone (also Abraham), range: Ab-f', tessitura: B-b, declamatory and powerful. This is an imaginative and well crafted work, which is also a moving and sincere presentation of the biblical legend of Isaac and Abraham.

To His Royal Highness the DauphinMarianne Moore 5 telephone interview with Samuel Adler, August 1992. Page 18 3. Limericks Theodore Roethke a. The Yak b. 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.

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