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Bernard Herrmann: Moby Dick; Sinfonietta / Richard Edgar-Wilson, tenor; David Wilson-Johnson, baritone

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>Herrmann, Bernard : Moby Dick, cantata for male chorus, soloists & orchestra
>Herrmann, Bernard : Sinfonietta for string orchestra
Conductor Ensemble Composer

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Herrmann, born in NY, 1911 to Russian immigrants is best known today as a composer of film music. He worked with Hitchcock on North by Northwest, Vertigo, & Psycho, Welles's for Citizen Kane & Scorsese's Taxi Driver. During his years as conductor & composer with the CBS Symphony Orchestra, Herrmann found the inspiration for Moby Dick - A Cantata. Initially intended to be an opera, but the stage was not an ideal medium for a musical version of Moby Dick - and a purely orchestral work could not make use of Melville's prose. A successful compromise was the cantata form, and Herrmann completed the work in 1938. Premiered by Barbirolli & the NY Phil on Apr.11, 1940, who described the work as 'the most important work that he had heard from a young American composer'.



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>Herrmann, Bernard : Moby Dick, cantata for male chorus, soloists & orchestra
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Ensemble: Danish National Symphony Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1936-1938

>Herrmann, Bernard : Sinfonietta for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Ensemble: Danish National Symphony Choir
  • Notes: Koncerthuset, DR Beyn, Copenhagen (03/15/2011-03/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral