- August 6, 2019 at 7:24 pm #595676
I am looking for something composed by a woman and written for chorus and orchestra/chamber orchestra. Between 20-30 mins.
I have done some research, but the works I find are atonal and uninspiring stuff written in the 1950s-70s. Can anyone suggest something that is worth listening to? Living composers are a Plus.August 6, 2019 at 10:45 pm #595703
Michael A. GrayParticipant
You might take a look at Meredith Monk (although she only has one work -“Possible Sky” – for chorus and orchestra). Overall, I believe she is the most honest, innovative, and creative composer (male or female) alive today in America. Best of all, she is just now releasing some of her work for publication. It might be well worth contacting her people…
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
http://www.graymichael.comAugust 9, 2019 at 6:55 pm #595914
Guessing you have an all-women programme in mind and the major piece is about an hour. Is it Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D?
My friends at Multitude of Voyces (who are publishing one of my wife Helen’s pieces, no orchestra involved) suggested Lili Boulanger. Her Vieille Prière Bouddhique would make a grand curtain-raiser and feels bigger than its seven or eight minutes. You would need a sarrusophone, celesta and 2 harps. Psalm 130 fits the duration nicely with a similarly large orchestra.
For a living composer, try Janet Wheeler. There are two works in her growing catalogue of just the right length and with more standard orchestration, though she does once ask for a solo waterphone. If you can find one of those, you are in for a memorable evening. https://janetwheeler.co.uk/music-for-choir-with-accompaniment/
There is a growing movement in the UK to draw attention to the high standard but infrequent scheduling of music by women. If these suggestions don’t quite fit, I can put you in touch with people with plenty more ideas. I look forward to hearing what you choose.
Nigel.August 10, 2019 at 2:50 pm #595959
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