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Horvit: The Mystic Flame / Krager, Whittaker, Evans, Et Al


Release Date: 10/29/2002 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 533   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Michael Horvit
Performer:  Joseph EvansTwyla WhittakerRichard Paul FinkKatherine Ciesinski
Conductor:  Franz Anton Krager
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moores School of Music Symphony OrchestraMoores School of Music Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Michael Horvit is Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. For 25 years he served as music director at Congregation Emanu El, Houston, Texas. During his studies at Yale University, Tanglewood, Harvard University and Boston University, where he received his DMA degree, Dr. Horvit's composition teachers were Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, Walter Piston, Quincy Porter and Gardner Read. In turn, Horvit has taught two generations of music students at the University of Houston. Commissioned by Congregation Emanu El, The Mystic Flame chronicles in words and music the Jewish experience in the 20th century. Texts are drawn from many sources: poets, novelists, historians, ministers, rabbis, major actors Read more upon the world stage and ordinary people. This vast canvas of words and music, arranged in three large sections, mirrors the historical shape of the 20th century. Here we have the chronicle of one people, the Jewish people, in their struggle to be free from persecution, subjugation and bigotry. It is, however, symbolic of the struggle of all the diverse immigrants who came to our great nation. They came, and still come, to find freedom from oppression, be it religious, economic or political. They come "yearning to breathe free." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. The Mystic Flame by Michael Horvit
Performer:  Joseph Evans (Tenor), Twyla Whittaker (Soprano), Richard Paul Fink (Bass Baritone),
Katherine Ciesinski (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Anton Krager
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moores School of Music Symphony Orchestra,  Moores School of Music Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

Sound Samples

The Mystic Flame: Part I, The Golden Door: The Pale
The Mystic Flame: Part I, The Golden Door: The Cossacks
The Mystic Flame: Part I, The Golden Door: The Dreyfus Case
The Mystic Flame: Part I, The Golden Door: Utopia
The Mystic Flame: Part I, The Golden Door: The Dream
The Mystic Flame: Part I, The Golden Door: For the Sake of Others
The Mystic Flame: Part I, The Golden Door: Her Beacon Hand
The Mystic Flame: Part II, The Tired Sunset Glow: The Ancient Words
The Mystic Flame: Part II, The Tired Sunset Glow: Oh, What is the use of war?
The Mystic Flame: Part II, The Tired Sunset Glow: The Road to Destruction
The Mystic Flame: Part II, The Tired Sunset Glow: To Die Young
The Mystic Flame: Part II, The Tired Sunset Glow: O the night of the weeping children
The Mystic Flame: Part II, The Tired Sunset Glow: Kaddish
The Mystic Flame: Part III, The Morning Light: An Incandescent Moment
The Mystic Flame: Part III, The Morning Light: Mother Russia
The Mystic Flame: Part III, The Morning Light: Outpost of Democracy
The Mystic Flame: Part III, The Morning Light: The Night Shineth as the Day
The Mystic Flame: Part III, The Morning Light: The Oxygen of Love
The Mystic Flame: Part III, The Morning Light: America

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