Conductor's Guide To Choral-Orchestral Works, Twentieth Century

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Overview

This innovative survey of large choral-orchestral works is a continuation of the author's previous study of twentieth century works with English texts. Green examines nearly one hundred works, from Rachmaninov's Vesna to Penderecki's Song of Songs. For each work, he provides a biography of the composer, complete instrumentation, text sources, editions, availability of performing materials, performance issues, discography, and bibliography of the composer and the work. Based upon direct score study, each work has been evaluated in terms of potential performance problems, rehearsal issues, and level of difficulty for both the choir and orchestra. When present, solo roles are described. The composers represented in this work include Bela Bartok, Leonard Bernstein, Ernest Bloch, Maurice Durufé, Hans Werner Henze, Paul Hindemith, Arthur Honegger, Leos Janacek, György Ligeti, Gustav Mahler, Carl Orff, Krzysztof Penderecki, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, Anton Webern, and Kurt Weill. Written as a field guide for conductors and others involved in programming concerts for choir and orchestra, this text will prove a useful source of new repertoire ideas and an invaluable aid to rehearsal preparation.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...a useful guide for choral conductors and advanced music students. Libraries where the 1st volume is being used will want to add this volume as well.
American Reference Books Annual
...a useful guide for choral conductors and advanced music students. Libraries where the 1st volume is being used will want to add this volume as well.
Instrumentalist
...a continuation of the author's previous study of 20th century works with English texts...Green...evaluates each work in terms of potential performance problems, rehearsal considerations, and level of difficulty for both the choir and orchestra...also provides a helpful list of music publishers and distributors.
Instrumentalist
...a continuation of the author's previous study of 20th century works with English texts...Green...evaluates each work in terms of potential performance problems, rehearsal considerations, and level of difficulty for both the choir and orchestra...also provides a helpful list of music publishers and distributors..
Booknews
Each entry in this survey of 89 20th-century compositions provides a biography and bibliography of the composer, a detailed instrumentation list, performance times, publishers and availability of materials, location of the manuscript (if known), the source of the text, a discography, and most importantly, a detailed description of performance issues, including an evaluation of each solo vocal role, an evaluation of the choral and orchestral parts, and an estimation of their respective difficulties. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810833760
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan D. Green is Associate Professor and Director of Ensembles at Sweet Briar College.

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