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Rhapsody for Viola and Piano

By Adolphus Hailstork

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Chamber Piano, Viola
Rhapsody for Viola and Piano. Composed by Adolphus Hailstork. Sws. Set of Score and Parts. With Standard notation. Composed 2008. 16+8 pages. Duration 13 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #114-41099. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.114410990).

Item Number: PR.114410990

ISBN 9781598061505. 9x12 inches. Key: D minor.

For advanced violists, Hailstork "reflects [upon] the contrast between the turbulence of the outside world and the search for serenity within the walls of the cathedral" in this multifaceted duo. Includes a brief period of improvisation in both parts. ______________________________________ Adolphus Hailstork received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University, where he was a student of H. Owen Reed. He completed earlier studies at the Manhattan School of Music under Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond, the American Institute at Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and Howard University with Mark Fax. Dr. Hailstork has created works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, various chamber ensembles, band, and orchestra. Early compositions include Celebration, recorded by the Detroit Symphony in 1976; and two works for band (Out of the Depths, 1977, and American Guernica, 1983), both of which won national competitions. Consort Piece (1995), commissioned by the Norfolk Chamber Ensemble, was awarded first prize by the University of Delaware Festival of Contemporary Music. Dr. Hailstork's music has been performed by such prestigious ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic, under the batons of leading conductors such as James DePreist, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, and Lorin Maazel. 1999 saw the premieres of Symphony No. 2, commissioned by the Detroit Symphony, as well as his second opera, Joshua's Boots, commissioned by the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Kansas City Lyric Opera. Dr. Hailstork's second and third symphonies are recorded by the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, under David Lockington, on the Naxos label. Recent commissions include Earthrise, a large-scale choral work premiered by James Conlon and the 2006 Cincinnati May Festival, Three Studies on Chant Melodies for the American Guild of Organists 2006 National Convention, and Whitman's Journey, a cantata for chorus and orchestra premiered by the Master Chorale of Washington, DC (under Donald McCullough) at the Kennedy Center in April 2006. Rise for Freedom, an opera about the Underground Railroad, will be premiered in the fall of 2007 by the Cincinnati Opera Company. Other premieres slated for the spring of 2008 are Serenade for chorus and orchestra, commissioned by Michigan State University, and Set Me on a Rock, for chorus and orchestra, commissioned by the Houston Choral Society. Dr. Hailstork, who has received honorary doctorates from Michigan State University and the College of William and Mary, resides in Virginia Beach, VA; he serves as Professor of Music and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
SANCTUM was written for violist Beverly Baker, whom I hold in high esteem as a performer and as a person. SANCTUM is the third of my "cathedral" pieces (the other two being SONGS OF ISAIAH for chorus and orchestra, and SONATA DA CHIESA for string orchestra). These works reflect memories of my early years as a chorister at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, New York. Specifically, SANCTUM reflects the contrast between the turbulence of the outside world and the search for serenity within the walls of the cathedral. The work is divided into six sections: A. Viola introduction B. Piano enters and the two instruments share ideas that are mostly turbulent in character. C. Intricate florid writing that includes improvisation on the part of both performers. D. A slow serene melody over quiet chords in the piano. E. A final agitated ouburst, before, finally, settling into the F. Tranquil coda. SANCTUM is also available for B( Clarinet and Piano (114-41326).

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