- June 23, 2019 at 2:43 pm #593218
I’m getting really excited about Copeland’s ‘In the Beginning’ and am considering programming it on an upcoming concert. But: what to program along with it??
I’m looking for another 20-30 minutes of a cappella music to go on this program. Bonus points if it’s thematically related and/or has a similar harmonic language to the Copeland. (E.g. I’m considering Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia” because the harmonic language feels pretty similar and they might pair well together.) Can be larger works or a grab bag of smaller pieces.
– looking for specifically a cappella works (if not, I would be all over some choruses from Haydn’s “Creation”)
– the Copeland will be a stretch for this choir, so ideally I’m looking for something simpler/easier to learn to pair with it.
Would love to hear your thoughts!June 24, 2019 at 9:09 am #593239
Michael A. GrayParticipant
On Copeland’s “In the Beginning” in search of a companion piece:
Well, Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia” is also my first choice. Nevertheless, you might take a look at…
•Brahms’ “Marienlieder” op. 22
•“Trois Chansons” by both Debussy & Ravel
•Martin’s “Mass” for double choir
•Poulenc’s “Mass in G” for choir and soprano solo
•Poulenc’s “Quatre Moetes pur le Temps de Noel” and “Quatre Moetets pour Temps de Penitence”
•Thompson’s “Peaceable Kingdom”
“In the Beginning” was commissioned by Robert Shaw who, together with Alice Parker, arranged a wonderful program of Sacred Harp hymns that have the same kind of stark beauty as the Copeland. Telarc’s 1993 CD “Amazing Grace” includes many of these Parker-Shaw arrangements. The titles are…
-To God Our Strength
-Come Away to the Skies
-God is Seen
-Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal
-His Voice as the Sound
-I Will Arise
-Saints Bound for Heaven
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
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