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Your Experience with RVW's Sea Symphony

I'm interested in hearing from colleagues who have rehearsed and performed Ralph Vaughan Williams' SEA SYMPHONY.  What was your experience?  Was it worth it?  How was it received?
Susan McCreary Duprey
Kona Music Society/Windward Choral Society
Artistic Director
on April 11, 2014 9:50am
The first work I sang when I joined the choir in college was the Sea Symphony, and I absolutely fell in love with it!  As a singer, it was an experience I'll never forget, and it is one of my favorite large scale choral works.
on April 11, 2014 10:43am
Dear Susan,
I have prepared and conducted this work several times with the Bel Canto Chorus and two different orchestras.  This piece is extraordinarily effective, and its secular, 20th-century-but-audience-accessible nature make it a fresh and welcome change from the usual choral-orchestral line-up.  The added interest of Vaughan Williams' use of Walt Whitman's poetry makes this a good choice for your singers and your audience.
Best wishes!
Richard Hynson
music director
Bel Canto Chorus
Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra
on April 25, 2014 1:26pm
It's a wonderful piece, among my favorites of his (even if he's not really in complete control of the structure, especially in the last movement)...but the sincerity and imagination make it all worthwhile. It's hard, though, the scherzo in particular poses real technical challenges in spitting text out at a tremendous clip.
Good luck! Bill
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