Newsletter February 2018
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Dvorák: Te Deum
In 1892 Dvorák received a prestigious commission from New York to write a festive cantata to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's discovery of America. In preparing the Carus edition, a careful assessment has been made of the variant readings of the autograph score and first printed edition, drawing on these as sources. The result is that the work is newly available in a modern, scholarly edition. The complete performance material is available on sale.
CHARLES GOUNOD (1818-1893)
Messe brève no. 7 aux chapelles
2018 sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Gounod. We are celebrating this in our publishing company with numerous new publications.
NEW this month we release the popular Messe brève No. 7 in Carus Choir Coach. The mass ist also available in carus music, the choir app. The Mass is extremely suitable for any festive church service. It is equally popular and suitable repertoire for smaller choirs because of its cantabile character and moderate difficulty level. The Carus Choir Coach practice CD series offers choral singers the unique opportunity of practicing their voice part individually as part of the overall sound of choir and instruments with the help of a CD.
Messe à la mémoire de Jeanne d'Arc
Gounod's Messe à la mémoire de Jeanne d'Arc, a cappella or accompanied by just organ, is written in an archaic style in the Palestrina tradition over long passages. But the Offertoire contains a Cantilena for violin and organ (piano), which offers a strong musical contrast to the archaic Palestrina style. An exciting work which we are publishing in an Urtext edition, together with the complete performance material.
GIACOMO PUCCINI (1858-1924)
Messa di Gloria
Great choral works in small scorings:
With this arrangement for chamber orchestra, more choirs now have the opportunity of performing this work without the choir being dominated by a full-scale symphony orchestra. The symphonic character of the work is nevertheless preserved. This scoring offers an optimal balance between transparency and orchestral sound. All the vocal parts (soloists and chorus) are identical with the original version (56.001), so that the vocal score and chorus score of that version can be used.
Petyrek: Missa phrygica
The Missa phrygica for four- to eight-part unaccompanied chorus, composed in 1949, is being published for the first time. In his composition, Felix Petyrek used elements of vocal polyphony from the Renaissance and early baroque in an updated contrapuntal style, as was typical of many composers associated with the church in the first half of the 20th century.
Rondthaler: Five choral arrangements for organ
The choral preludes for organ can be used as musical meditations in church services or in concert. Their harmonic colorfulness and sequence-like motifs recall different historic styles from the Romantic to twelve-note technique.
Handel and Mendelssohn
Not a month goes by without new releases in carus music, the choir app. New in December are Handel's Brockes Passion and Mendelssohn's Christus (Teil II: Das Leiden Christi). With carus music, the choir app, you can follow the music while listening to a top-class recording on your smartphone or tablet, and easily practice your own choral part with the help of a coach.
New magazine 1/2018
Hot off the press is the new CARUS magazine 1/2018 with lots of articles about choral music. Over the next couple of weeks you will receive the magazine in the post, but you can read it right now online.
Haydn und Schütz
A real feast for the ears! The recording of Haydn's Stabat Mater with first-rate soloists, the Kammerchor Stuttgart (which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year) and the Hofkapelle Stuttgart conducted by Frieder Bernius uses the new critical edition of the work published by Carus.
As part of the successful Schütz Complete Recording we are also releasing the Kleine geistliche Konzerte II this month.
Love songs. Choral collection
The choral collection for the latest LIEDERPROJEKT instalment brings together 40 love songs from all eras in well-known and new, easy-to-sing choral settings for 4 to 6 parts. The collection contains a wide variety of works from the 16th and 17th centuries and the Romantic period, arrangements of popular music, as well as settings of well-known and contemporary love songs specially arranged for this choral collection.
The choir director's volume, including CD, is available at the introductory price of 26.90 Euros until 28.2.2018 (price from 1.3.2018: 29.90 Euros).
The Three ??? Kids: Music Thieves
Where does a parody or musical quotation end, and where does plagiarism or music theft begin? In the case of the musical The Three ??? Kids: Music Thieves by Boris Pfeiffer and Peter Schindler it is quite clear. A song by the singer Modena is stolen from the recording studio and distributed via the internet...