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Beeson: In Praise of Singing, Tides of Miranda, etc / Gregg Smith Singers

Album Summary

>Beeson, Jack : Settings (3) from the Bay Psalm Book, for chorus
>Beeson, Jack : Tides of Miranda, for 5 voices & chorus
>Beeson, Jack : Give the Poor Singer a Penny, round for chorus
>Beeson, Jack : Greener Pastures, round for chorus
>Beeson, Jack : Boys and Girls Together, round for chorus
>Beeson, Jack : Knots
>Beeson, Jack : In Praise of Singing, for vocal ensemble
>Beeson, Jack : Summer Rounds and Canons, for vocal ensemble
>Beeson, Jack : Epitaphs, for chorus
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jack Beeson's musical background resembles those of many another contemporary composers but his storyline diverges from the expected mid-century composer-in-formation's path when he chose to study in New York City with Bela Bartok rather than go to France to work with Nadia Boulanger. His loyalty to Columbia University, where he has worked for more than 63 years, again, breaks the mold. Widely known as he is for his operas, Beeson is no slouch in other areas of vocal music. In addition to his ten operas, he has written many songs and a good number of choral works, seven of which are featured on this recording. The individuality that marks his creative output is evident, showing itself in his selection of texts.



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Works Details

>Beeson, Jack : Settings (3) from the Bay Psalm Book, for chorus
  • Performer: Eileen Clark (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 10 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Beeson, Jack : Tides of Miranda, for 5 voices & chorus
  • Performers: Martha Sullivan (Soprano); April Lindevald (Voice); Walter Richardson (Voice); Eileen Clark (Soprano); Drew Martin (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Beeson, Jack : Give the Poor Singer a Penny, round for chorus
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Beeson, Jack : Greener Pastures, round for chorus
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Beeson, Jack : Boys and Girls Together, round for chorus
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Beeson, Jack : Knots :: Jack and Jill for Grown-Ups, for chorus
  • Performers: Katherine McKee (Voice); L. Wagstrom (Voice); Joel Hume (Voice); Eileen Clark (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 10 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Beeson, Jack : In Praise of Singing, for vocal ensemble
  • Performers: Frank Haggard (Voice); Martha Sullivan (Soprano); Kirsten Solleck-Avella (Cantor); Mary Poore (Soprano); Gregory Davidson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2001

>Beeson, Jack : Summer Rounds and Canons, for vocal ensemble
  • Performers: Ann Westdyke (Voice); Martha Sullivan (Soprano); Mary Poore (Soprano); Gregory Davidson (Tenor); Walter Richardson (Voice); Linda Eckard (Alto)
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2002

>Beeson, Jack : Epitaphs, for chorus
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 17 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1993