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Historical: 19th-century Sacred music

ROMANTIC SACRED WORKS
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" the Rheinberger Requiem (SATB a cappella. It doesn't have
a Dies Irae, unfortunately!)

There are two big a cappella works by R. Strauss: Deutsche
motette and Der Abend. I recommend the latter; I sang it
with Maurice Skones at U of Arizona a few years ago. Beware,
however, it's 16-part, and very challenging intonation, as
it constantly modulates. (Reger's music has this problem
too, as well as Friede auf Erden.) Also the tenors and
sopranos have to hold a high G for days.

SCHOENBERG: FRIEDE AUF ERDEN: Schonberg himself made an
alternate chamber version with chamber orchestra
accompaniment....Schott (rental only). While every thing is
doubled, the doubling is not consistent through the
texture....so simply doubling the chorus with winds is not
S's idea. The Schonberg orchestration is stunning and eases
the chorus's task considerably. Orchestra required is 2
fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 2 hn, strings. Also, Belmont Music
PO box 49961 now handles most of Schonberg's catalogue
although they seem to be in constant struggles with
Universal over who owns what.



on February 3, 2005 10:00pm
Excuse me but Arnold SCHOENBERG is of the 20th century