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Frostiana

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Randall Thompson

Randall Thompson (trans. Frank Hudson)


General Info

Year: 1959
Duration: c. 30:00
Original Medium: Chorus and Symphony Orchestra
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: E.C. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental |   Score - Rental


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (Soprano Clarinet in A is needed as well)
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-Alto Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet or Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Harp
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Triangle

SATB Chorus


Movements

1. The Road Not Taken
2. The Pasture
3. Come In
4. The Telephone
5. A Girl's Garden
6. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
7. Choose Something Like a Star


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Frostiana: Seven Country Songs is a piece for mixed chorus and piano composed in 1959 by Randall Thompson. It premiered on October 18, 1959, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Thompson later scored the piece for chamber orchestra and chorus, in which version it was first performed on April 23, 1965.

Thompson was commissioned by the town of Amherst to write a piece commemorating its bicentennial in 1959. The town was known for its association with Robert Frost, who had lived there for some years. Frost had known Thompson for some time, and admired his music; accordingly, it was decided that the commemorative work would be a setting of some of Frost's poetry. The town suggested "The Gift Outright"; Thompson, however, feared that the text was inappropriate for the occasion, and asked to be allowed to choose his own texts. In the end, the composer selected seven poems, with which he constructed a seven-movement suite of choral art songs.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Emory University Wind Ensemble & Chorus (Nikk Pilato, conductor) - 19 October 2013


Works for Winds by this Composer


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