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"Four Freedoms" program recommendations

Dear ChoraNet Friends,
 
I am wanting to develop a concert segment with music that complements Franklin Roosevelt's famous Four Freedoms speech of 1941:
 
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of Worship
Freedom from Want
Freedom from Fear
 
My intent is to celebrate liberty without taking a jingoistic slant. I am wondering what the ChoralNet membership might recommend for this programming venture.
 
D Cox 
on June 24, 2012 12:16pm
Dear D Cox,
 
For Freedom of Worship,I believe you cannot find a better American text than Thos. Jefferson's Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, which spells out everything that our frustratingly terse First Amendment meant. And I can offer you a fine choral setting of its salient texts.
 
It is the opening section of the following work, duration about 15 minutes if you do all the movements in the first section:
 
"Principles" is a powerful secular oratorio for SSAATTBB chorus with solo movements for baritone, on themes of liberty, social justice, and religious freedom from texts of Thomas Jefferson. These include the revelatory Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and the Declaration of Independence, plus his mottos, epitaph, and quotes from two late letters.
 
Tonal modern/populist in style, tuneful, rhythmic, singable, stirring, "thinking person's patriotic," the work has strong listener impact, and a big inspiring ending—a final peroration on "All Eyes are Opening to the Rights of Man." This is a rousing, major statement, with texts for our times. It can be performed with either piano, piano with percussion, or symphonic wind ensemble. Excerpts are also possible.
 
You can listen to a rehearsal/reading demo with piano of this section of the work on my website www.davidavshalomov.com on the Chorus page, and hear a demo of the band scoring on the Band works page. There are also perusal pdfs there of the p/v score and full score.
 
I publish it in inexpensive .pdf. And I offer educational discount.
 
Please let me know if this work would be of interest to you.
 
Regards,
 
David Avshalomov
Composer, Singer, Conductor
Winner, Citation from American Prize 2012 for Orchestral Composition
Santa Monica CA
310-480-9525
davshalomov(a)earthlink.net
www.davidavshalomov.com
 
on June 25, 2012 7:15am
Randall Thompson: "The Testament of Freedom." 
 
...The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time...
on June 26, 2012 11:49am
Two of my pieces come to mind:  The Promise of Liberty relates most to freedom from want, while The 21st Century (A Girl Born in Afghanistan) relates to both the freedom from want and the freedom from fear.  The titles should link you to webpages where you may view complete texts and performance histories, as well as listen to recordings.  A pdf of The Promise of Liberty is available in the ChoralNet Composition Showcase.  And I would be pleased to send you a pdf of either or both scores if they interest you.  
on July 9, 2012 7:51am
Oscar Peterson's Hymn to Freedom
 
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