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Choral Masterpieces : Major and Minor - Nicholas Tarling

Choral Masterpieces

Major and Minor


Published: 1st August 2014
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In Choral Masterpieces: Major and Minor, historian Nicholas Tarling surveys the landscape of choral works, some standard masterpieces that are commonly performed by choruses around the world, others deserving a second, closer look. As noted in the foreword by Uwe Grodd , music director of the Auckland Choral Society, this work "is a collection of essays about a number of outstanding works, including Beethoven'sMiss Solemnis and Britten's War Requiem, but he also invites attention to lesser masterpieces. If the choral movement, which includes both singers and listeners, is to survive, new works must be created and repertory expanded. The book is an easy and captivating read even if you are not a chorister."

Choral Masterpieces: Major and Minor features short essays on over 28 works, from major masterpieces such as Handel'sMessiah and Bach's St. Matthew's Passion to off-the-beaten path choral works such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor'sHiawatha and Frederick Delius'A Mass of Life. Throughout, Tarling offers assessments that sparkle with unique insights and at the same time ground listener's in the historical contexts of the work's production and performance. Each work is transformed in Tarling's able hands from musical work into a window into the mind and milieu of the composer.

Choral Masterpieces: Major and Minor mixes choral mainstays with works that demand revisiting. Choral singers and their audiences, as well as choral societies and their directions and promoters, will find ample food for thoughts in these meditations on the choral tradition.

Introduction Monteverdi's Vespers Bach's St Matthew Passion Handel's Messiah Mozart's Requiem Haydn's The Creation Beethoven's Missa Solemnis Schumann's Paradise and the Peri Mendelssohn's St Paul [Paulus] Mendelssohn's Elijah Berlioz's La damnation de Faust Berlioz's L'enfance du Christ Rossini's Petite messe solennelle Brahms' A German Requiem Paine's St Peter Lizst's Christus Verdi's Requiem Parry's Prometheus Unbound Coleridge-Taylor's Hiawatha Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius Elgar's Trilogy Delius's A Mass of Life Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony Janacek's Glagolithic Mass Hindemith's When Lilacs Last Tippett's A Child of Our Time Britten's War Requiem

ISBN: 9781442234529
ISBN-10: 1442234520
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st August 2014
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 15.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.36