Richard Proulx passed away last night (Thursday, Feb 18) in Chicago after being hospitalized on Monday. His tremendous influence on church music in general, and on Catholic music in particular, has been far-reaching and exemplary. His friendship beginning in the early ’60s was probably the single most important influence on my professional development, as I know it has been for scores of others. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. May he rest in peace, and may his positive influence continue.
I am proud to announce the publication of my newest edition, “Messa a 3” for SSA choir, strings and continuo by Giacomo Puccini “senior”, the great great grandfather of the famous opera composer of the same name, published by Hinshaw Music (HMB260). The work is divided into fifteen movements with a performance duration of ca. 27 minutes. This edition is based upon the autograph score located in the library of Istituto Musicale in Lucca, Italy. In addition to the vocal score, there is also available from the publisher an orchestral score and set of instrumental parts.
The year 2012 will see the 300th birthday of the first of five generations of Puccini family composers, and this new edition would be a wonderful way for treble choirs to celebrate the occasion.
February 28 will be the deadline for applications to the America Cantat 6 in Juiz de Fora, Brazil to be held next May 7 to 15.
Choral festival with Ateliers, workshops and study tours, open to all kinds of choirs, vocal groups and conductors,. Choral presentations, daily evening and night concerts, cultural events, discussions and much more. Regional programme in the nearby cities such as Rio do Janeiro, Ouro Preto, Sao Joao del Rei and Tiradentes.
For further information please, go to www.ufjf.br/americacantat
I was moved by several recent ChoralNet posts from teacher/conductors and students requesting ‘favorite’ or appropriate Renaissance repertoire for school and or ensembles.
I wish to strongly urge all to visit <www.italianmadrigal.com>.
Martin Morell has created this beautiful site valuable not just for its rare resources, including free midi and score downloads, but for what is a tutorial in developing a socially and artistically relevant reading and performing group with chamber music sensitivity.
We sometimes aspire to this in our various groups but it pays to consider the social background of the art and original performing practices.
In honor of its 40th anniversary, Wallingford Chorus is sponsoring a choral composition competition. The chorus is reaching out to experienced to enter an original, unperformed piece of music for consideration. The winning piece will be debuted by the chorus at a future concert with the winning composer receiving a $500 prize. For composition and submission guidelines, visit the Wallingford Chorus website at http://wallingfordchorus.org.
This is a different way to listen to the Vierne Mass which has been admirably recorded by some wonderful choirs already. For this recording we have recreated the context in which it was originally sung : a solemn high Mass with all the Propers in what was known in France as a Concert Mass.