Newsletter September 2018
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French Choral Music
This collection is a real treasure trove for choirs to explore music from France.
- 45 sacred compositions for mostly four-part mixed choir
- with works from the Renaissance to the present day (by Charpentier, Fauré, Saint-Saëns and others)
- including first editions of previously largely unknown works by Adam, Widor and others
- choral director’s volume includes a CD with recordings of selected works
- most pieces have texts from the Latin liturgy
- translations into German, English and French help to understand the original singing texts
- with pronunciation help for texts in French
Beethoven: Missa solemnis
Beethoven’s masterpiece is a major project for any choir, not just because of its length, but also because it contains some of the most difficult passages found in the choral repertoire. In particular the dreaded fugues of Beethoven’s late period, and the changes between extreme tempi make one thing clear: you won’t get far enough with rehearsals alone, here you really have to practice! With a good performance, however, you experience why Beethoven himself considered the Mass to be his "greatest and most successful work". › See Product
The Carus Choir Coach offers choir singers the unique opportunity to study and learn their own, individual choral parts within the context of the sound of the entire choir and orchestra. For every vocal range a separate CD containing each choir part is available. The CD is based on recorded interpretations by renowned artists, here the Collegium Vocale Gent and under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe.
J. D. Zelenka: Missa Sancti Josephi
Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Missa Sancti Josephi occupies a key position among his circa twenty large masses. For the first time the composer took up the operatic style of Johann Adolf Hasse – the latter had first performed his opera Cleofide in Dresden in 1731. Zelenka’s unmistakable individuality created a completely independent work with great technical demands which in many details presages the important masses among his late works. The sole source for the first edition of this mass is a considerably damaged autograph score which, however, can be reliably reconstructed.
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PS: A CD with Frieder Bernius and the Kammerchor Stuttgart is going to be published in October!
Ko Matsushita: O magnum mysterium
In the series Carus Contemporary, editor Stefan Schuck presents international composers who specialize in choral composition and whose works inspire new choral sounds.
Ko Matsushita, born and raised in Tokyo, is a choral conductor and also a famous composer for choral music. His works are performed all around the world. His compositions vary widely, ranging from works based on traditional Japanese music, Masses, motets, to etudes for choirs. › See Edition
Christoph Schönherr: De profundis
De profundis arose from Christoph Schönherr’s intense study of the last years of Franz Schubert’s life, and refers to the great Romantic with its subtitle of "Hommage". Passages from Psalm 130 are contrasted with musical quotations from Winterreise. Der Wegweiser in particular is heard in the orchestra, and increasingly pushes forward into the flow of the composition, questioning the psalm text sung by the choir.
In a concert, the work could be programmed with Schubert’s Mass in E flat major, for example. The orchestral scoring is also identical (except for the trumpets required in the Mass).
The most important dates at a glance:
- 07.09.–09.09.2018, Congrés international des chefs de chœur, Paris
- 14.-16.09.2018, Kyrkomusiksymposium, Uppsala, Schweden
- 26.–30.9.2018, Hannover Bundeskongress Musikunterricht
We look forward to seeing you there!
Dixit Dominus by Handel
Every month a member of the Carus team introduces his or her favorite work, whether it be a choral piece, a CD, a songbook or an instrumental work. The recommendation for September 2018 was contributed by deputy chief editor Julia Rosemeyer.
› My Favorite Work