Mozart, Coronation Mass programming ideas
Here is a summary of responses to my request for ideas to program with the Mozart "Coronation Mass."
==========================================Last summer I paired the Coronation Mass with the Handel Coronation Anthems. It was very
David Schildkret, Dean
Salem College School of Music
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==========================================Handel Coronation Anthems, especially The King Shall Rejoice and Zadok the Priest. Oxford U Press
has an excellent edition. Good luck!
John Hoffacker, conductor
C a n t e m u s
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Ipswich MA 01938
==========================================I'm doing something similar with the Middlebury (Vermont) community chorus this spring (a short
Haydn Mass) - you may want to consider some of the Handel Coronation Anthems.
Director, Middlebury College Chamber Singers
==========================================You might couple the Mozart with Bernstein "Chichester Psalms" (18 to 20 minutes) and Vaughan
Williams "Serenade To
Music" (about 12 minutes) or "Toward the Unknown Region" (about 12 or 14 minutes).
Dennis K. Cox, D.M.A.
Director of the Choral Music Program
School of Performing Arts
University of Maine
==========================================Try the Rutter "A Sprig of Thyme". It's a collection of 11 folksongs from the British Isles. Select
what you need or sing them
all. I teach a "town and gown group" and we are having the best time preparing this collection for
concert. Good luck to you.
==========================================If you're doing a Coronation Mass, how about one or more of Handel's Coronation Anthems?
==========================================We did "Coronation" this past Fall, but I didn't do another major work with it, I put together
groupings of John Leavitt's "Be Thou My Vision and Judea, along with Jack Schraders "We Will
Glorify", which all work well with a brass ensemble and are fun for the choir and audience. We also
included a set of spirituals before the Mozart.
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==========================================Take a look at "Flower Songs" (Canata No. 6) by Vincent Persichetti. It is actually a suite of
seven songs all on texts by e.e. cummings. It is for chorus and string orchestra, and is published
by Elkan-Vogel, Inc. (Theodore Presser).
==========================================Do you know Corigliano's Fern Hill? It would only be a piece of the 30-40 minutes you have left,
but it's wonderful. I think about ten minutes. You'd need harp and piano, or harp and I think
clarinet, bassoon and horn, to add to the Mozart strings.
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==========================================Let me refer you to the following scores in our catalog to fill in that 30-40 minute slot w/chamber
orch. These are all compositions of John Biggs. (Composer of Auction Cries, etc.)
CANTATA RUSTICA (SSATB, strings, 3prc) 18 min. secular Latin (sorry-not English)
NUAGES (Clouds) SATB + stgs 3.5 min. (also for this same ensemble see: Alleluia/Ulysses
Kay/Universal--Ave Verum Corpus/Mozart/Broudy Bros.--Elegy/Beethoven/Kalmus--This is the Record of
==========================================This would be only a partial solution, but I have a seven-minute setting of "O Gracious Light," very
lyrical and choir-friendly, for choir SATB, string orchestra & harp (for want of a harp, the harp
part could be done at the piano). The string writing is gentle and sostenuto as well; the character
of the voice-writing is in the spirit of plainchant.
I conducted the premiere of the piece at the Jefferson Ave Presbyterian Church in Detroit last
November, and it was very well received; the piece creates a definite atmosphere.
The piece is carried by Lux Nova Press, so if you find you would like to peruse a review score,
please feel free to e-mail Mark Gresham at mgresham(a)luxnova.com
Karl Henning, Ph.D. Clarinetist & Composer
Woburn/Boston, Massachusetts E-mail: windsongXL(a)yahoo.com
Worldwide Web: http://karl_p_henning.tripod.com/
Maria Bablyak on the Web: http://www.geocities.com/maria_bablyak/
==========================================Do you know the Concord Cantata by Randall Thompson? It contains the wonderful "The Gift Outright"
by Robert Frost.
I am doing the Mozart as well, with my church choir. We have programed the Sinfonia Concertante to
round out the program.
==========================================What about Hubert Parry? He wrote music for the current queen's coronation in 1952.
==========================================Think about the Mozart LITANIAE LAURENTAE (sp?). I think that's about your length, or, you could do
some Haydn small pieces (Abendlied, Happiness in Marriage, etc,) and finish w. Haydn's completely
fabulous TE DEUM for Maria Theresa (10-12 minutes.) Also, the orch. could do an early symphony by
themselves, or something shorter.
All the best,
Am Univ Beirut
Director, Goshen Community Chorale