- June 16, 2018 at 8:27 am #567349
Okay, for next December I’m looking for a major work that is not Messiah. We can put together a chamber orchestra. Any ideas that have worked for your group? Any experience with Vaughan-Williams’ Hodie?
Thanks for your thoughts!June 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm #567362
Michael A. GrayParticipant
John Newell is looking for the new “Messiah.”
If you are used to performing “Messiah” with a lot of singers and instrumentalists, you’ll find Vaughan-Williams’ “Hodie” right up your street; it can get overly sentimental if you are not careful but it is a wonderful work overall and well worth your efforts. Other pieces that you might look into are Bach’s “Weihnachts-Oratorium” (really sparkles but is often subject to more cuts than “Messiah”), Schutz’s “Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi” (you’ll need a bass that can knock your socks off), and Denis Stevens’ selection of Monteverdi’s works that he calls the “Christmas Vespers”.
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
http://www.graymichael.comJune 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm #567377
Not “major works” in terms of duration, but could be parts of a December program. These have worked for us:
Buxtehude: Das neugeborne Kindelein
Holst: Christmas Day
Berlioz: Excerpts from “L’Enfance du Christ” (we did parts II and III a few years ago)
Mendelssohn: “There shall a star from Jacob” (from Christus)June 19, 2018 at 2:42 pm #567799
Hodie by Vaughan Williams is a wonderful work. Very Enjoyable.
Also consider that Any Gloria, or Magnificat would also be appropriate.July 1, 2018 at 8:29 pm #569168
Thanks for the suggestions!
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