Great Choral Singing Since 1949
We’ll sing two pieces by Randall Thompson – “The Last Words of David” and “Alleluia.” Absolutely magnificent music. “The Last Words of David: was commissioned and premiered in 1949 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood to honor Dr. Serge Koussevitsky for 25 years of directorship.
And from Wikpedia: “Alleluia is a piece for unaccompanied SATB chorus. Composed over the first five days of July in 1940, it was given its world premiere on July 8 of that year at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood under the direction of G. Wallace Woodworth. The work was written on a commission from Serge Koussevitzky, director of the Tanglewood Festival. Koussevitzky wanted a “fanfare” for voices to be performed at the opening exercises of the new Berkshire Music Center, and he asked Thompson to contribute such a piece. Instead of the joyous work expected of him, the composer produced a quiet and introspective piece. Thompson was inspired by the war in Europe, and the recent fall of France; given these events, he felt that to write a festive piece would be inappropriate.”