A Song for St. Cecilia's Day (Fine, Vivian)

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 1. Chorus: From harmony, from Heav’nly harmony
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rhymes&chymes (2012/2/24)

 2. Chorus: What passion cannot music raise and quell
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 3. Soprano solo: The soft complaining flute
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 4. Chorus: Sharp violins proclaim
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rhymes&chymes (2013/5/17)

 5. Baritone solo: But Oh! what art can teach
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 7. Grand Chorus: As from the pow’r of sacred lays
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Performers:

Bennington College and University of Vermont choruses
Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Vivian Fine, conducting

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Vivian Fine Estate

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 Complete score
#181384 - 7.71MB, 65 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - !N/!N/!N - 172x

PDF scanned by Paul Hawkins
rhymes&chymes (2012/2/24)

PMLP316994-Cecilia Score.pdf
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Vivian Fine Estate

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Performance Restricted Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 1.0 [tag/del]

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Parts

 Violins I, II
#181386 - 2.79MB, 18 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - !N/!N/!N - 41x

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 Violas, Cellos
#181387 - 2.52MB, 17 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - !N/!N/!N - 38x

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rhymes&chymes (2012/2/24)

PMLP316994-Cecilia Violins.pdf
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Vivian Fine Estate

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However, the lawful copyright owner has generously released the file for distribution at IMSLP under one of the Creative Commons licenses or the IMSLP Performance Restricted License, which allow for the free distribution (with proper attribution) of the file with various levels of restriction with respect to the creation of derivative works, commercial usage, or public performances.

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 Complete score
#181385 - 5.13MB, 36 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - !N/!N/!N - 109x

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rhymes&chymes (2012/2/24)

PMLP316994-Cecilia Piano Score.pdf
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Vivian Fine Estate

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Performance Restricted Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 1.0 [tag/del]

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General Information

Work Title A Song for St. Cecilia's Day
Alternative Title
Composer Fine, Vivian
Movements/Sections 7 sections
  1. Chorus: From harmony, from Heav’nly harmony
  2. Chorus: What passion cannot music raise and quell
  3. Soprano solo: The soft complaining flute
  4. Chorus: Sharp violins proclaim
  5. Baritone solo: But Oh! what art can teach
  6. Soprano and Baritone duet: Orpheus could lead the savage race
  7. Grand Chorus: As from the pow’r of sacred lays
Year/Date of Composition 1985
First Performance 1985-10-25 in Burlington, Vermont; Bennington College and University of Vermont choruses, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Vivian Fine, conducting
Librettist John Dryden
Language English
Average Duration 26 minutes
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation soprano and baritone soloists, mixed chorus, string orchestra, and two trumpets


Misc. Comments

Commissioned by Trinity College, Burlington, Vermont, in honor of its 60th anniversary, with a grant from the Vermont Council for the Arts.

Though the structure of the piece resembles a Handel oratorio, the music is not related to Handel’s famous setting of the Dryden text—Fine deliberately did not familiarize herself with that piece, although she acknowledges Handel in a couple of brief quotes and in a gentle spoof (in section 2) of his text-settings. The work begins with a transcendent setting of the opening lines, “From harmony, from heavenly harmony, this universal frame began.” Moods of reverence, humor, and drama alternate throughout the piece. The closing section recasts the opening chorus for Dryden’s triumphant final stanza.

Review

Fine has written a piece of enduring impact. The lyrics have lasted 298 years and the music might be good for at least that period. Fine writes thoughtfully for voices yet with an appreciation of the origin of the words….The writing for instruments was supportive and the trumpet fanfare glorious.

—John Donoghue, The Burlington Free Press, October 26, 1985
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