Beethoven 9 go-withs
Date: June 6, 2011
For a concert a bit down the road, we're looking for a first-half piece to pair with Beethoven 9.
The design problem is that local funding agencies won't support something as popular as the Beethoven, so we need something new, exciting and different; also something that will provide the choral singers with meaty and extended music to work on as they prepare the Beethoven. Something in the 15- to 25-minute range or so.
Our preference is Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls, but its orchestral numbers and other extra needs might expand the budget a little beyond what's healthy. So we're seeking something equally attention-getting but less demanding in cost. One thing we're considering is Kancheli's Styx, but it's a bit longer than ideal. Schoenberg's Survivor from Warsaw is a bit too brief, though still a possibility.
The work would need to be by an internationally prominent composer, preferably living or at least only recently deceased, who hasn't received many perfomances in this part of the world (so submissions by composers on this list, while interesting and welcome, wouldn't be useful).
Many thanks for your help!
Music Director/Conductor, The Hong Kong Bach Choir & Orchestra
Principal Conductor, Baguio Cathedral International Music Festival (Philippines)