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A Chorus Carouse - Songs of Ale

Location: Missouri, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
This Sunday afternoon (3 pm) the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus presents a selection of 'beery songs' to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Schlafly Brewery, the first micro-brewery to challenge successfully the hegemony of Anheuser Busch in A-B's home town. The program is listed below, but what may be of particular interest to ChoralNet readers is the premiere of a new work from the distinguished composer Robert Walker, who is flying in from his native Britain for the first performance. Making a pun on a celebrated barbershop volume, the new work is titled "The Ale Songbook," and includes settings of Robert Burns, W. H. Davies, Edgar Allen Poe, and a couple of anonymous Elizabethan verses. The writing is mainly in four parts, though a baritone soloist is required at one point, as is a semi-chorus who imitate the drone of a corps of bagpipers! The concert also features a rich new arrangement for SSAATTBB of "Drink To Me Only" by St. Louis musician, Jon Garrett.
More information may be obtained from either the performers (<stlchamberchorus@gmail.com> or the composer on <www.robert-walker.net>. If you are at all interested in pairing ale and song, this is a program that could provide useful ideas for your programming. In any event, both The Ale Songbook, not to mention Paul Crabtree's terrific Five Miniatures from The Simpsons (see below), demonstrates how genuine pathos and poignancy may be found in the unlikeliest of places.
All the repertoire below is scored for unaccompanied voices, in accordance with the mission of the SLCC.
 
I. Bring Us In Good Ale (op. 34, 4; H.131)/ Gustav Holst (1872 – 1934)
 
II. Ihr Musici, Frisch Auf!/ Hans Leo Hassler (1564 – 1612)
 
III. Trinklied (D. 847)/ Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Ad Bibinem Cum Me Rogaret Ad Cenam/ Samuel Barber (1910 – 1981)
Nunc Est Bibendum (from In Honorem Vitae)/ Antonin Tu?apsky (b. 1928)
 
IV. God’s Bottles (from Americana)/ Randall Thompson (1899 – 1984)
Chanson a Boire (FP 31)/ Francis Poulenc (1901 – 1960)
 
V. Trinklied (op. posth. 75, 3)/ Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes (world premiere)/ arr. Jon Garrett (b. 1969)
 
VI. Five Miniatures from The Simpsons/ Paul Crabtree (b. 1960)
Abe
Lisa
Homer
Marge
Homer
 
INTERMISSION
 
VII. Which Is The Properest Day To Drink?/ Thomas Arne (1710 – 1778)
 
VIII. Drinking Song/ Zoltán Kodály (1885 – 1967)
Trink Aus! (Zwölf Madrigale, 4)/ Paul Hindemith (1895 – 1963)
 
IX. Trinklied im Winter (D. 242)/ Franz Schubert
On The King's Coming Home/ John Blow (1649 – 1708)
 
X. The Ale Songbook (SLCC commission, world premiere)/ Robert Walker (b. 1946)
In Praise of Ale
Fill with Mingled Cream and Amber
Gude Ale
Now Do I Hear Thee Weep and Groan
Will Ye Quaff With Me?
 
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