Looking for "Fairy Tales for ADULTS" - program ideas ...
Date: December 13, 2012
I'm starting to consider a theme/program for our spring 2014 concert (yes, over a year away ... ). I've been playing with the idea of "fairy tales for adults" -- settings of (possibly) nursery rhymes and/or narratives about/from fairy tales suitable for a very good 35- to 40-voice SATB adult chamber choir.
I'm looking for sophisticated music here -- we've done Shafer's "A Medieval Bestiary," Matthew Harris's Shakespeare Songs, the George Shearing Shakespeare set, etc. That's the level of difficulty I'm looking for. Divisi is fine, complex meters OK, wandering tonality (within reason) great. Accompanied (piano, small ensemble - not more than 3-4 instruments) or a cappella: either will work for us. A number of our members are soloists, so works that feature some solo opportunities are fine as well.
I've checked the "Resources" section here, and there's one entry for "Fairy Tales" -- several 2-part SA suggestions, which would be fine if we were a children's chorus, but not so much for a more adanced adult group.
Any ideas / suggestions / ?? (and yes, new material / new composers would be perfectly fine -- just take care that what you're offering matches the above criteria, OK?)
Cantaré Vocal Ensemble