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Theme and Variations on "Draw the Sacred Circle Closer"
By Adolphus Hailstork

Chamber Music Cello
Composed by Adolphus Hailstork. Sws. Contemporary. Solo part. With Standard notation. Composed 2009. 8 pages. Duration 10 minutes, 30 seconds. Theodore Presser Company #114-41579. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.114415790).

Item Number: PR.114415790

ISBN 9781598064773. 9x12 inches.

Cello is the perfect instrument to showcase through this fascinating set of variations on a theme of universal unity. The cello’s range and tone evoke the baritone voice, and its facility in contrapuntal playing allows for polyphony in the manner of Bach’s cello suites. The theme (sounding like a spiritual) is actually the final chorus of the composer’s "Earthrise," a profoundly bold cantata using Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” as text, and full of allusions to all four movements of Beethoven’s ninth symphony. Hailstork’s "Earthrise" features a festival chorus singing in German, alternating with an African-American chorus singing in English with vernacular verve. The choruses ultimately unite to end the cantata together with “Draw the Sacred Circle Closer,” a translation of lines from Schiller’s “Ode to Joy.” For advanced cellists.

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  • February 11, 2021 Great addition to the repertoire

    This piece is definitely worthy of becoming a staple in the cello repertoire. The theme is beautiful and the 5 short variations offer a variety of styles from somber to playful and jazzy. Most of the piece stays below thumb position with the exception of a few notes where an...

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