By Lewis Spratlan | For TTBB Chorus and Piano | 9′
Title: New England Concordance
Composer: Lewis Spratlan
Text by: Louisa May Alcott and Samuel Stennett
Year Composed: 2016
Instrumentation: For TTBB Chorus and Piano
Format: Choral Score
Page Size: Letter
Catalog Number: OM0434
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From the composer:
This piece was commissioned by the Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus, Thomas Berryman,
conductor, on the occasion of its twenty-fifth anniversary. Texts appropriate to continuity, and with a New England flavor, seemed in order. The two I selected are congruent and mutually reflexive. The first, “Thoreau’s Flute,” by Louisa May Alcott, is a celebration of the great transcendentalist, with emphasis on his constancy in our culture and his joy in nature. The second, Samuel Stennett’s “New Jordan,” from “The Sacred Harp” hymn collection, echoes the first by opening on a riverbank, gazing beyond, and contemplating nature’s bounty.
The fervent sound of the male chorus led my compositional thinking at all times. The piano occasionally leads the proceedings but mostly adds color and reinforcement. I am grateful for this opportunity to write for a combination that was of the deepest importance to me in my early years and continues to attract by its primordial richness.
Commission/Dedication: Composed for and dedicated to the Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus, Thomas Berryman, conductor, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.