The Tale of the Viking (Whiting, George Elbridge)
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New York: G. Schirmer, 1881. Plate 2575.
This copy includes annotations of tempi by the composer and apparently some of his second thoughts on pages 44—47 and elsewhere.
Original scans: 300dpi, grayscale jpg2000 images approximately 2100 by 3150 pixels. Converted to black and white tif files, de-skewed, re-sampled to 600dpi, and set uniform margins.
|Work Title||The Tale of the Viking|
|Composer||Whiting, George Elbridge|
|Year/Date of Composition||1879—1881|
|First Publication||1881 — New York: G. Schirmer|
|Librettist||Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)|
|Dedication||To my Friend Allen A. Brown of Boston, Mass.|
|Instrumentation||Voices: soprano, tenor, baritone + mixed chorus (SATB),|
Orchestra: 3 flutes/piccolo, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets (B♭, A), 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, harp, triangle, military drum, bass drum, timpani, strings
Whiting's The Tale of the Viking was his submission for the competition at the 1880 Cincinnati Festival. It lost out to Dudley Buck's Scenes from Longfellow's Golden Legend.
The manuscript score and orchestra parts for the overture to The Tale of the Viking were among the music scores in Theodore Thomas' collection that are now held by the Rosenthal Archives of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.