Spring Term 2018
The Shedd Choral Society
Sundays, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sun, Apr 8 - Sun, Jun 10
Room 230 - The Shedd Institute
The Shedd Choral Society is a repertoire reading ensemble, focusing on great Western choral music in a traditional setting. Composers include Bach, Vivaldi, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Handel and others. Non-auditioned and open to adult choral musicians at any level, rehearsals focus on learning choral parts and conclude with an informal performance led by a guest conductor that is free and open to the public.
SPRING, 2018
Gabriel Fauré: Madrigal Camille Saint-Saens: "Deus Abraham" & "Ave Maria"
The Shedd Choral Society will perform Faure’s Madrigal, along with two choral works by his lifelong friend, the composer best known for “Carnival of the Animals,” Camille Saint-Saens’ “Deus Abraham” and “Ave Maria”.
Gabriel Fauré (born May 12, 1845, Pamiers, Ariège, France—died Nov. 4, 1924, Paris), was a composer whose refined and gentle music influenced modern Western composers.
Fauré’s musical abilities became apparent at an early age. Fauré studied piano with Camille Saint-Saëns, who introduced him to the music of Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner. In 1896 he was appointed professor of composition at the Paris Conservatory. In 1905 he succeeded Théodore Dubois as director of the conservatory, and he remained in office until ill health and deafness forced him to resign in 1920. Among his students were Maurice Ravel, Georges Enesco, and Nadia Boulanger.
Fauré excelled not only as a songwriter of great refinement and sensitivity but also as a composer in every branch of chamber music. He wrote more than 100 songs, enriched the literature of the piano with a number of highly original and exquisite works. One of the most striking features of his style was his fondness for daring harmonic progressions and sudden modulations, always elegant and deceptively simple.
Faure wrote his “Madrigal” in 1883, and dedicated it to his former roommate, about to get married. It’s the only work in which he borrowed a theme from another composer – none other than J.S. Bach. The opening line is derived from Bach’s cantata “Aus Tiefer Not” (From Deepest Need) and the piece (a dialogue between men and women about the love’s inconstancy) has the tone of a speech by the best man at a wedding.
SUMMER, 2018
Felix Mendelssohn, Sechs Lieder (Six Songs) Op. 59
The Shedd Choral Society will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s “Sechs Lieder (Six Songs) Op. 59”
1 Im Grünen (“In The Countryside”)
2 Frühzeitiger Frühling (“Early Spring”)
3 Abschied vom Wald (“Farewell to the Forest”)
4 Die Nachtigall (“The Nightingale”)
5 Ruhetal (“Resting Valley”)
6 Jagdlied (“The Hunter”)
Felix Mendelssohn was born on February 3, 1809, in Hamburg, Germany. At age 9, he made his public debut in Berlin. In 1819, he joined the Singakademie music academy and began composing non-stop. At Singakademie, he also became a conductor, but continued to compose prolifically. Mendelssohn founded the Leipzig Conservatory of Music in 1843. He died on November 4, 1847, in Leipzig at the age of 38.
During Mendelssohn’s short lifetime he displayed an obvious affinity for nature and the great outdoors, and expressed it in romantic choral partsongs. As the 19th century was also the golden age of German poetry, the composer often used verses by some of the leading poets of his day including Heinrich Heine and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The songs are brief, yet within them Mendelssohn creates a small world of vivid images. As in Die Nachtigall (The Nightingale), Op.59, No.4, Mendelssohn frequently uses a canon or roundelay, moving the verse refrain around the chorus for an effect both lovely and fun.
Amy Adams, instructor
Tuition $65/term
Age/Grades, Skill Level, Prerequisites
Skill Level:beginner, intermediate, advanced
Room 230
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Eugene, OR
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Spring Term 2018
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