SATB: with Orchestra (American)
Many thanks to all who responded to my request for "classic" American
choral/orchestral repertory. As you read through this list you will learn,
not surprisingly, that the word "classic" was freely interpreted. :-)
Nonetheless, it's a fascinating if not sobering list, not so much for *what*
is listed here, but for how very *little* American choral/orchestral
repertory there is that is regularly programmed.
Thank you again!
From: nick.jones(a)woodruffcenter.org (Nick Jones)
Hindemith: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd
Gonna be a classic:
After that it gets murkier. Possibilities:
Barber: The Lovers
Barber: Prayers of Kierkegaard
Hindemith: Apparebit repentina dies (brass accompaniment)
Menotti: The Death of the Bishop of Brindisi
Menotti: For the Death of Orpheus
Bernstein: Symphony No. 3, "Kaddish"
Paulus: So Hallow'd Is the Time
Copland: Canticle of Freedom
Roy Harris: Folksong Symphony (Sym No. 4)
Parker: Hora novissima
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
From: jcdear(a)iup.edu (Jim Dearing)
Howard Hanson's "Lament for Beowulf" or his "Song of Democracy" (or is
that only with wind ensemble?); John Corigliano's Dylan Thomas trilogy
(especially "Fern Hill"); Lukas Foss' "American Cantata"; and Randall
Thompson's "Testament of Freedom" (TTBB)--these just come to mind off
the top of my head.
From: janower(a)albany.edu (David Griggs-Janower)
I guess I'd include other Thompson works, including Last Words of
David and The Testament of Freedom. Howard Hanson's Song of
Albany Pro Musica
From: ccollins(a)mtzionumc.net (Craig Collins)
Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy"
Randall Thompson's "Testament of Freedom," "The Last Words of David," and
"The Peaceable Kingdom"
From: wweinert(a)esm.rochester.edu (Weinert, William)
We were just discussing some of these in a choral literature class today, so
before I forget;
Barber-Prayers of Kierkegaard
Amy Beach--Mass in Eb
Foss- The Prairie
H. Hanson--The Cherubic Hymn; Lament for Beowulf'
Lambert--The Rio Grande (English composer, but American theme)
Rorem-An American Oratorio
W.G. Still--And they Lynched Him on a Tree (black vs. white choruses)
I imagine these are all listed in the back of the new book by Nick
Strimple--"Choral Music in the 20th-century"
Eastman School of Music
From: ptk1(a)psulias.psu.edu (Peter Kiefer)
I have to suggest "In the Still of the Night" by Cole Porter as arranged by
Roy Ringwald. We (the Waring Collection) have the orchestral accompaniment
Peter T. Kiefer, Coordinator
Fred Waring's America Collection
The Pennsylvania State University
Barber Prayers of Kierkegaard of course.
now in Helena Montana
From: stmrkmus(a)covad.net (stmrkmus)
One of my favorites, not often performed and now out of print, is Howard
Hanson's STREAMS IN THE DESERT. It's about 20 minutes, and based on
From: ksbd(a)iglide.net (Kathy Bowers)
Hanson - Streams in the Desert
From: szjsings(a)mac.com (Steven Szalaj)
Randall Thompson - Concord Cantata
Crystal Lake, IL
From: Scott Campbell
Hanson - Song of Democracy
Farmington High School
Farmington, CT. 06034
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Master Chorale of Washington.