Alleluia  (Transcription)
For SATB Choir, a cappella, (opt. String Bass)  (3'50")
(Also with strings and winds)

Neil A. Kjos Music Co. (#8858)
$2.05
(String and wind parts *available separately from ECS Publishing)

Ralph Vaughan Williams based the middle of his "Three Organ Preludes" on the hymn tune "Rhosymedre". He skillfully transformed a rather plain melody into a lovely prelude! Years later, his friend, Arnold Foster, transcribed the organ setting for string orchestra and winds. Since then, it has also been transcribed for concert band.  With this first choral transcription, this lovely music is now available for choirs!  The challenge was to adapt an instrumental piece to the choral medium. While the composer was serving on jury duty, this arrangement was conceived and worked out in the jury-lounge!  A Latin text was developed that appropriately captures the spirit of the musical lines. You don't want to miss this historical, choral connection to the English master!  

Free recording available from Kjos (1-800-854-1592)
Music For The Church Year, 1997

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"Rhosymedre"
(String Orchestra - orch. Arnold Foster)
 
Bradley Nelson's choral transcription of "Alleluia" (1997) was conceived to correspond with Arnold Foster's orchestration (1938) of Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Rhosymedre - Prelude on a Welsh Hymn Tune" (1920) for organ.  Foster's orchestration uses strings alone (as in this recording), or can include any winds available from 2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, and trumpet.  Choirs with instrumental resources may consider these additional options;

*Instrumental materials:
1.5072 - Complete Set of Parts
1.5073 - String Parts Only
1.5074 - Full Score
1.5075 - Single Parts
Also available - Band arrangement by Walter Beeler

*Available from:
Galaxy Music Corporation (a division of ECS Publishing)
138 Ipswich Street
Boston, MA  02215-3534
Ph:  (617) 236-1935
Fax:  (617) 236-0261
E-mail:  office@ecspub.com
Website:  www.ecspub.com


 

(Copies available from Kjos Music, 1-800-854-1592)

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