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Omnia Sol (Stroope) with instruments

I'v done "Omnia Sol" by Z. Randall Stroope with piano before, but I see there are instrument parts for it.  Has anyone done it with the instrumentation?  If so, did you like it as well as with piano?  I am doing a concert in September with my chorus and it will be with orchestra and so I'm looking for a few extra pieces to round out the concert, utilizing the orchestra that I'll have...at least some of them.
Thanks for your time.
Christine Allison
on May 15, 2014 5:32am
I did it with brass and piano last December. I wish I'd just used piano. I thought that the brass sound was jarring against the beautiful lyricism of the vocal parts.
on May 16, 2014 5:47am
Doug Helvering did the orchestration, which is complimentary to the essance of the piano-only version. I think you can hear a snippet on Stroope's website, and you might have to email him directly for the parts. The fact that you have the orchestra at your disposal already makes this a great option. Another title of his that's been orchestrated is "The Pasture," which you can hear online as well. Good luck!
on June 12, 2014 10:08am
I used it once at graduation.  I used HS musicians, probably would hire players next time.  I think to make the brass orchestration work takes pretty mature players.
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