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Virgil Thomson: Heaven is Music

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>Thomson, Virgil : De profundis
>Thomson, Virgil : Tribulationes civitatum, for chorus
>Thomson, Virgil : O My Deir Hert, carol for chorus
>Thomson, Virgil : Welcome to the New Year, for 2-part children's chorus & piano
>Thomson, Virgil : The Holly and the Ivy, a Carol of the Nativity and Lent, for chorus & piano
>Thomson, Virgil : Four Songs to Poems of Thomas Campion, for chorus & piano
>Thomson, Virgil : Mass, for 2-part chorus & percussion
>Thomson, Virgil : Seven Choruses from the Medea of Euripides, for female chorus & percussion ad lib
>Thomson, Virgil : Hymns from the Old South, for chorus

Album Summary

>Thomson, Virgil : De profundis
>Thomson, Virgil : Tribulationes civitatum, for chorus
>Thomson, Virgil : O My Deir Hert, carol for chorus
>Thomson, Virgil : Welcome to the New Year, for 2-part children's chorus & piano
>Thomson, Virgil : The Holly and the Ivy, a Carol of the Nativity and Lent, for chorus & piano
>Thomson, Virgil : Four Songs to Poems of Thomas Campion, for chorus & piano
>Thomson, Virgil : Mass, for 2-part chorus & percussion
>Thomson, Virgil : Seven Choruses from the Medea of Euripides, for female chorus & percussion ad lib
>Thomson, Virgil : Hymns from the Old South, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

The story of the wide-eyed lad from Kansas City who became the toast of Paris via Harvard, one of America's most influential music critics from his decades' long perch at the New York Herald Tribune and a truly unique and productive composer, is almost hackneyed now, but still bears that "only in America" cachet. It was as a long-term resident of the Chelsea Hotel in New York that Gregg Smith and his Singers got to know the redoubtable Virgil in the later decades of his long life (born in 1896, he died at the age of 92 in 1989.) The present CD is an offering of gratitude for Virgil's support and friendship, as well as a concise overview of his work in the choral field—along with a brief excursion into his solo output.



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Works Details

>Thomson, Virgil : De profundis
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1920

>Thomson, Virgil : Tribulationes civitatum, for chorus
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Thomson, Virgil : O My Deir Hert, carol for chorus
  • Performer: Rosalind Rees (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Thomson, Virgil : Welcome to the New Year, for 2-part children's chorus & piano
  • Performer: Steven Vosatka (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Thomson, Virgil : The Holly and the Ivy, a Carol of the Nativity and Lent, for chorus & piano
  • Performer: Steven Vosatka (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Thomson, Virgil : Four Songs to Poems of Thomas Campion, for chorus & piano
  • Performers: Steven Hartman (Clarinet); Katherine Greene (Viola); Susan Jolles (Harp); Rosalind Rees (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Thomson, Virgil : Mass, for 2-part chorus & percussion
  • Performer: Thomas Mulvaney (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Thomson, Virgil : Seven Choruses from the Medea of Euripides, for female chorus & percussion ad lib
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Thomson, Virgil : Hymns from the Old South, for chorus
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1949