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Parker, Horatio

A Star Song: Lyric Rhapsody for Chorus, Solo Voices and Orchestra, op. 54 (Vocal score with English text)

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Parker, Horatio – A Star Song: Lyric Rhapsody for Chorus, Solo Voices and Orchestra, op. 54 (Vocal score with English text)

For more information about the piece read the preface to the full score:

(b. Auburndale, Massachusetts, 15 September 1863 — d. Cedarhurst, New York, 18 December 1919)

Horatio Parker, according to musicologist William K. Kearns, was the foremost American choral composer of his generation. He is considered a part of the Boston-based Second New England School, along with George Whitefield Chadwick, Amy Beach, John Knowles Paine, Edward MacDowell, and Arthur Foote. Parker was a composer, organist, scholar, and professor. While known for his Romantic and conservative compositional style, other works in his oeuvre demonstrate Parker’s dissatisfaction with this perception. A Star Song: Lyric Rhapsody for Chorus, Solo Voices and Orchestra, opus 54 is an example of his departure from his usual style. While it employs many of his usual choral devices, A Star Song has a more adventurous tonal structure and heavily uses chromatic harmonies, which Parker uses to serve the poem’s dramatic ideals.

A Star Song is a four-movement cantata that uses Henry Bernard Carpenter’s poem “Star-Song” as its text. It was composed in 1902, primarily during Parker’s sabbatical year from Yale, and is approximately 25 minutes in length. A Star Song is scored for three flutes with piccolo, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, bass clarinet, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani, tuba, harp, and strings as well as with mixed choir and solo vocal quartet. Some movements also call for organ, piano, snare drum, and triangle. …

Read the preface of the full score  > HERE

Score No.

4667b

Edition

Repertoire Explorer

Genre

Choir/Voice & Orchestra

Size

225 x 320 mm

Specifics

Vocal score with English text

Printing

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