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"classical" genre on a theme of "day is breaking in my soul"

I am doing a concert of music themed around "day is breaking in my soul" or "hard times come no more".  I have some great pieces, but am searching for something from the "classical" genre.  Any thoughts?
(We are doing "Bright Morning Stars" and Foster's "Hard Times Come no More".)
on August 10, 2014 4:16pm
How about Ecco Mormorar L'Onde (from Il secondo libro de madrigali a cinque voci) by Claudio Monteverdi?
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
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on August 11, 2014 7:25pm
I immediately thought of "Break Forth O Beauteous Heavn'ly Light" by JS Bach. It's an interesting way to view a Christmas Chorale and is such a breath of fresh air.
on August 12, 2014 5:06am

I've got a setting of hardy's "The Darkling Thrush," where a bird in the midst of winter sings and gives hope of something better to come.

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I also have a setting of Whitman that fits this theme really well. In "Something There is Immortal," a girl and her father look up at a dark, cloud-filled sky. The father convinces the daughter that if she waits, the clouds will dissapear and the clear night sky will again be seen.
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Sounds like a great theme, good luck!

on August 17, 2014 3:20am
If a setting of Will There Really be a Morning is of interest, I would urge you to check out Dan Campolieta's setting of that text (self published).
Perhaps a spirtual like In that Great Gettin Up Morning (I love Don Hart's new arrangement)
Of course, I reread and see you specifically want the classical genre... Is Lift Thine Eyes from Elijah too much of a stretch?  I like the aforementioned idea of Break Forth... in an atypical context.
Perhaps Brahms' O Heiland reiss die Himmel auf could fit thematically.
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