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Vespers, Op.66

Category Choral
Composed 1993-1996
Duration (approx) 45 minutes

Mezzo-soprano, tenor, mixed chorus, large orchestra:
3(II+III=picc).2.ca(=ob).3(III=bcl).3(III=cbsn) 4331 - timp - perc(2):
BD/4 tom-t/cyms/3 susp.cym/ch.cym/gong/tam-t/tamb/tgl/brake
drum/thunder sheet/glsp/xyl/3 crot/2 bell - pno(=cel) - (org) - harp - strings (min

Text Author(s) Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Babette Deutsch), Latin liturgical sources
Text Language English, Latin

Vespers Op. 66a - reduced scoring: 3 tpt in C, timp, perc(2: as original), harp, organ, strings.

Related Works All will grow great and powerful again, Op.66b
Recording(s) Symphony No.7 & Vespers
Publisher Faber Music

Huddersfield Choral Society and Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council, together with support and funding from the Foundation for sport and the arts to commemorate the centenary of the birth in 1895 of Sir Malcolm Sargent.

First performance 24 March 1995
Venue Huddersfield Town Hall
Orchestra / Ensemble Huddersfield Choral Society / English Northern Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Martyn Hill
Soloists / Players Jane Glover (soprano), Jean Rigby (tenor)
Review Thomas Taylor, The Yorkshire Post, 27 March 1995

The usually conservative Huddersfield folk let their emotions run amok and there were great shouts of acclaim at the end… these Vespers have a profound effect.