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Crown of the Year

Crown of the Year

cantata for chorus (SSA) and instruments

text by Christopher Fry


  • Instrumentation: chorus and instruments
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English
  • Order No.: LSL 4016-01

Description
The choir and instrumentalists take an equal role in this substantial work. Christopher Fry's wonderfully picturesque texts are imaginatively set by Tippett to create an illuminating description of the seasons.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Eric Walter White
Content text: I Prelude: Spring
II Hush, nightingale
III Refrain
IV Prelude: Summer
V Summer has a heart of drums · Refrain (repeated)
VI Prelude: Autumn
VII Victoria rules an autumn land · Refrain (repeated)
VIII Prelude: Winter
IX Hurle of the wind
Performance duration: 28' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 25. Juli 1958 Bristol, Badminton School (UK) · Dirigent: Michael Tippett · Badminton School Ensemble · Badminton School Choir
Year of composition: 1958
instrumentation: descant recorder or flute.treble recorder (descant recorder) or flute.ob.Acl-tpt or cornet-2perc(crot, xyl, hand bells, small drum)-pno-str(1.1.1.1.0)
Performances
Conductor: A.J. Keller
Orchestra: Northwestern University
2017-02-26 | Evanston, IL (United States of America), Northwestern University Galvin Recital Hall
Conductor: Richard Baker
Orchestra: ENDYMION
2007-06-18 | London E1 (United Kingdom), Christ Church — 19.30 h
Conductor: John Butt
2005-08-18 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), St. Mary's Cathedral
Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury
Orchestra: London Mozart Players
2005-07-05 | Hazelwood (United Kingdom), Hazelwood School Gym
Orchestra: Birmingham Junior Conservatoire
2004-06-19 | Aldeburgh (United Kingdom), Orford Church — 15.00 h
Conductor: Vail Keck
Orchestra: University of California Students
2000-05-24 | Santa Cruz (United States of America), University of California
1998-05-14 | London (United Kingdom), St Johns Smith Square
Conductor: Anders Eby
Orchestra: Instrumentalists from the Kungliga Filharmonikerna
1997-11-18 | Stockholm (Sweden), Konzerthus
Conductor: Douglas Murray
Orchestra: Eton College Orchestra
1997-02-05 | Windsor (United Kingdom), Election Hall, Eton College
Conductor: Andrew Davis
Orchestra: Memberts of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
1995-11-11 | Toronto (Canada), Symphony Hall
Conductor: Andrew Davis
Orchestra: Memberts of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
1995-11-08 | Toronto (Canada), Symphony Hall
Conductor: Andrew Parrott
Orchestra: Nash Ensemble
1995-02-12 | London (United Kingdom), St Giles, Cripplegate
Conductor: Ronald Corp
1995-01-15 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Birmingham Town Hall
Conductor: Michael Tippett
Orchestra: Badminton School Ensemble
1958-07-25 | Bristol (United Kingdom), Badminton School | World Premiere
The choir and instrumentalists take an equal role in this substantial work. Christopher Fry's wonderfully picturesque texts are imaginatively set by Tippett to create an illuminating description of the seasons.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Eric Walter White
Content text: I Prelude: Spring
II Hush, nightingale
III Refrain
IV Prelude: Summer
V Summer has a heart of drums · Refrain (repeated)
VI Prelude: Autumn
VII Victoria rules an autumn land · Refrain (repeated)
VIII Prelude: Winter
IX Hurle of the wind
Performance duration: 28' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 25. Juli 1958 Bristol, Badminton School (UK) · Dirigent: Michael Tippett · Badminton School Ensemble · Badminton School Choir
Year of composition: 1958
instrumentation: descant recorder or flute.treble recorder (descant recorder) or flute.ob.Acl-tpt or cornet-2perc(crot, xyl, hand bells, small drum)-pno-str(1.1.1.1.0)
Conductor: A.J. Keller
Orchestra: Northwestern University
2017-02-26 | Evanston, IL (United States of America), Northwestern University Galvin Recital Hall
Conductor: Richard Baker
Orchestra: ENDYMION
2007-06-18 | London E1 (United Kingdom), Christ Church — 19.30 h
Conductor: John Butt
2005-08-18 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom), St. Mary's Cathedral
Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury
Orchestra: London Mozart Players
2005-07-05 | Hazelwood (United Kingdom), Hazelwood School Gym
Orchestra: Birmingham Junior Conservatoire
2004-06-19 | Aldeburgh (United Kingdom), Orford Church — 15.00 h
Conductor: Vail Keck
Orchestra: University of California Students
2000-05-24 | Santa Cruz (United States of America), University of California
1998-05-14 | London (United Kingdom), St Johns Smith Square
Conductor: Anders Eby
Orchestra: Instrumentalists from the Kungliga Filharmonikerna
1997-11-18 | Stockholm (Sweden), Konzerthus
Conductor: Douglas Murray
Orchestra: Eton College Orchestra
1997-02-05 | Windsor (United Kingdom), Election Hall, Eton College
Conductor: Andrew Davis
Orchestra: Memberts of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
1995-11-11 | Toronto (Canada), Symphony Hall
Conductor: Andrew Davis
Orchestra: Memberts of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
1995-11-08 | Toronto (Canada), Symphony Hall
Conductor: Andrew Parrott
Orchestra: Nash Ensemble
1995-02-12 | London (United Kingdom), St Giles, Cripplegate
Conductor: Ronald Corp
1995-01-15 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Birmingham Town Hall
Conductor: Michael Tippett
Orchestra: Badminton School Ensemble
1958-07-25 | Bristol (United Kingdom), Badminton School | World Premiere
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