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Stresses In The Peacable Kingdom - Wilson: Choral Music


Release Date: 06/01/1999 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 333   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wilson
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling SingersWilliam Appling Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Richard Wilson, like Robert Ward, was born in Cleveland, where he studied piano and cello. After graduation from Harvard, he received a grant which allowed him to study in Munich. Back in the United States he studied composition with Robert Moevs at Rutgers and then joined the music faculty of Vassar College where he holds the Mary Conover Mellon Chair in Music. He is also Composer-in-Residence with the American Symphony Orchestra. About this disc the composer writes: "This recording encompasses all of my choral music: from In Schrafft's, begun in 1966, to Poor Warren, composed in 1995. Ten works, spanning thirty years. Four poets are involved: W.H. Auden, Stephen Sandy, John Unterecker and John Ashbery. With each of them I have had some Read more degree of personal association. W.H. Auden was friendly with individuals in Harvard's Quincy House, where I lived half my undergraduate years, and could often be seen in bedroom slippers, taking meals in our dining hall. I never summoned the nerve to meet him. Stephen Sandy was my English teacher in 1959 and was, in fact, the first college teacher I encountered as a fearful, insecure, unconfident freshman. Only later did I discover his poetry. John Unterecker worked on his Hart Crane biography at the artists' colony Yaddo when I was also a guest. We became friendly and enjoyed long talks together. Finally, John Ashbery teaches at Bard College just up the Hudson River from Vassar. We share an appreciation of Jack Benny's radio programs from the 1940's." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. In Schrafft's by Richard Wilson
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers,  William Appling Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966/1979; USA 
Language: English 
2. A Dissolve by Richard Wilson
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
3. Elegy by Richard Wilson
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971-1984; USA 
4. Soaking by Richard Wilson
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
5. Poor Warren by Richard Wilson
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
6. Home from the Range by Richard Wilson
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
7. Can by Richard Wilson
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
8. Light in the Spring Poplars by Richard Wilson
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
9. Hunter's Moon by Richard Wilson
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972/1992; USA 
10. August 22 by Richard Wilson
Conductor:  William Appling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Appling Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975-1976; USA 

Sound Samples

In Schrafft's
A Dissolve
Elegy
Soaking
Poor Warren: No. 1. Frontispiece
Poor Warren: No. 2. Crazy Weather
Poor Warren: No. 3. Just Walking Around
Poor Warren: No. 4. Qualm
Home From the Range
Can
Light in Spring Poplars
Hunter's Moon
August 22

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