Thursday, March 27, 2008

Know the score?


Which work, composed in the first decade of the twentieth-century and still in the repertoire today, has a score that calls for chorus, soloists, organ and a large orchestra including small and large gongs, antique cymbals, glockenspiel, tambourine, triangle and an ancient Jewish instrument with religous connections?
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12 comments:

S. said...

I'm not sure you're really after an answer, but a memory of being an "extra" in the percussion section for this some 30+ years ago (as a student) says "Carmina Burana?". I do remember giving the chorus a real shock the first time the whole force got together for a combined rehearsal :-)

(sorry if this is a repeat - not sure the first attempt made it, I run my default browser with extremely restricted settings and occasionally get bitten :-) )

Bodie said...

Mahler - Symphony No. 8?

Garth Trinkl said...

Does the score also incorporate a keyboard glockenspiel as well as a glockenspiel; and also Gregorian chant?

Webrarian said...

Looks like Elgar's 'The Apostles' to me. The ancient instrument being the shofar.

Roberto R. Corsi said...

Mahler's 8th?

(bobregular)

violainvilnius said...

If the ancient Jewish instrument is the shofar, could it be Elgar's Apostles, first performed in 1903?

Pliable said...

Email received:

Hi Bob:

More like “Guessing the Score” but would it be Elgar’s “The Apostles”?

Carol

JW said...

Elgar's The Apostles

Pliable said...

Email received:

… Elgar’s Apostles which includes a Shofar …

Antoine

Pliable said...

Well, that didn't cause many problems did it?

Interesting trivia ... of the first five readers who correctly identified Elgar's The Apostles one lives in England, one in Estonia, one in France (just) and two in the States. Which gives the lie to Elgar only appealing to the English.

More trivia, the first two correct answers came from current or former librarians on both sides of the Atlantic and two of the first three came from ladies, the eternal feminine clearly know their Elgar.

I was going to head the post Shofar so good but thought that would give the game away.

What a wonderful work The Apostles is. It is so different to the 'smells and bells' of Gerontius and is almost contemporary in its ecumenical message.

If you don't know the work Boult's classic recording from EMI is currently available for the price of two Starbuck lattes - no contest.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in the fun.

Pliable said...

Email received from Paris:

Actually, the question is as much whether Elgar finds appeal beyond the UK (I love Falstaff and the end of the Dream is worthy of Brahms’s German Requiem) as much as how many who responded correctly are Jewish (disclosure: I am).

AL

Pliable said...

Email received:

Actually, I live in Lithuania, not Estonia.

One of my friends, Anatolijus Senderovas, had composed a piece involving the shofar, Shmaa Israel

http://www.mic.lt/en/classical/persons/works/senderovas/36?ref=%2Fen%2Fclassical%2Fpersons%2F41

It involves a shofar...you can listen to bits of it. After that it was easy to find it....

Doesn't mean I appreciate Elgar, though ;-)

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