Copland, Aaron : Canticle of Freedom (1955,rev.1967)  13'

for chorus and orchestra

Music Text

John Barbour (E)

2.picc.2(II=corA ad lib).2.2- vib/xyl/cyms/susp.cym/tam-t/tgl/wdbl/whip/BD/SD-harp-strings
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Programme Note

A patriotic work for chorus and orchestra written originally for a non-professional chorus. Copland confined himself to two-part choral writing and to introducing the chorus only in the final third. As he wanted to "Make a big noise," a large battery of percussion is called for in the orchestra. The piece was revised later for a performance conducted by Robert Shaw.

-Vivian Perlis, 1998

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