Searle Wright and St. Paul's Chapel Choir, Columbia University, Spring Festival, 1968

(of Faith and of Fancy)

Music from the Spring Festival ("May Festival"), 1968. The Festival Concert was presented May 12, 1968, in South Hall, Riverside Church, because of the student uprising at Columbia that year. The orchestra was made up of students from the Manhattan and Juilliard Schools of Music and the Mannes College of Music.

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William Walton: The Quest (Ballet Suite)

I. Introduction (Storm). The Magician and the Transformation.
II. The Spell.   III. The Challenge.   IV. The Reunion.

William Walton: Where Does the Uttered Music Go?

William Byrd: Laetentur coeli  (The tape itself contains some distortion.)

Leo Sowerby: Solomon's Garden : A Short Cantata for S.A.T.B., Tenor Solo, [and] Small Orchestra, publ. 1964.
   Walter Turnbull, Tenor.  Text from Song of Solomon, ch. 2, 4, and 6, arranged by Leo Sowerby.
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Sons of Light : A Cantata for Chorus and Orchestra, publ. 1951.
   1. Darkness and Light;    2. The Song of the Zodiac;    3. The Messengers of Speech
Darius Milhaud: Babylon (Les Deux Cités)   (The tape itself contains some distortion.)
   "Fallen is she, proud Babylon the mighty!"
Gustav Holst: I Sowed The Seeds of Love
   Umeko Shindo, Contralto.
Gustav Holst: Bring Us In Good Ale  (The tape itself contains some distortion.)

Searle Wright: Spirit Divine (Cantata), publ. 1963, based on the hymn by Andrew Reed (1829).
   Umeko Shindo, Contralto.

The Walton Quest was actually the second piece on the program. The first piece was Cantata No. 79, "Gott der Herr ist Sonn' und Schild", by J. S. Bach, sung in English.

Recorded with a small tape deck and a single microphone, standard equipment of the day, and completely inadequate for this task. The soloists sing beautifully, but are, sadly, too far away from the mike, and are hard to hear.

Searle Wright

Reel-to-reel tape digitization, and harmonic balancing of  The Quest, by Auldworks.