Guest blog by composer Kile Smith, ahead of the Choral Arts Philadelphia premiere of his re-orchestrated version of Epiphany Vespers on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
Smith selected four movements from the original Vespers (2008) and modified them for 2 Oboes da caccia, 2 Horns, Organ, and Strings.
(1) Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (7) Psalm 113 (9) “Herr Christ der einig Gotts Sohn (a cappella) (10) Magnificat (13) Deo gratias
The new instrumentation matches the Baroque orchestra used in J. S. Bach Cantata No. 1, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, to be performed on the same program. Program details here. (Original work premiered in January of 2008 by Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, and The Crossing choir, Donald Nally, Conductor)
By Kile Smith, composer:
Bach was hanging over my head, and I wanted nothing to do with him...
Kile Smith's Vespers: Beginning of the Gloria Patri from Magnificat.
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