Henry of Navarre, Op.48 (Whiting, George Elbridge)
Boston: White, Smith & Co., 1885. Plate 5801+66.
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|Work Title||Henry of Navarre|
|Alternative Title||Ballad for Male Chorus, Tenor Solo and Orchestra|
|Composer||Whiting, George Elbridge|
|First Performance||Apollo Club, Boston, April 29, 1885. The program represented Boston composers. The work was conducted by B.J. Lang, tenor soloist was George J. Parker, organist was Mr. Preston, with orchestra.|
|Librettist||Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay (1800-1859)|
|Instrumentation||tenor solo, male chorus (TTBB) in 2 choirs, 3 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 cornets, 3 trombones, tuba, organ, strings, timpani, military drum, triangle, grand cassa, cymbals, gong.|
"...his intensely strong and virile cantatas deserve especial praise. "The Tale of the Viking," "Henry of Navarre," and "The March of the Monks of Bangor" are all spirited and effective, and will stand comparison in part with Bruch's best work."
Arthur Elson, The World's Best Music: The Musician's Guide, Part 2 (New York: The University Society, Inc., 1913), p.898.
The cantata is a setting of Thomas Babington Macaulay's poem The Battle of Ivry.