Phoenix Expirans (Chadwick, George Whitefield)


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Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, 1892
Misc. Notes Grayscale Images. Partitur. Copyist's ms. (partial holograph) in ink. Latin words; also printed as text inside front cover. At top of title page: Composed for the Hampden Co. Musical Association and first performed by them at Springfield, May 5, 1892. At bottom of title page: Text by an unknown author; English version (not included in this score) by John Lord Hayes LL.D.
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Language Latin / English
Translator John Lord Hayes (1812–1887), English text
Publisher. Info. Boston: Arthur P. Schmidt, 1892. Plate A.P.S. 2386.
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Work Title Phoenix Expirans
Alternative. Title Cantata: The Dying Phoenix ; Phœnix Expirans
Composer Chadwick, George Whitefield
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. F.90 ; L.3.7
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 sections
  1. Chorus: "Hear me my plaints repeat" (Molto moderato. Dolente)
  2. Soprano Solo and Chorus: "Let flowers their strengths impart" (Poco allegretto)
  3. Quartet: "If love pain may be" (Andante. Semplice)
  4. Chorus: "Why love dost thou torment?" (Allegro moderato)
  5. Chorus: "Burst thou thy bonds, Oh soul!" (Allegro spiritoso)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1891
First Performance. 1892-05-05 in Springfield, MA, Music Festival of the Hampden County Musical Association
Corrine Moore Lawson (soprano)
Julie E. Wyman (alto)
Whitney Mockridge (tenor)
Max Heinrich (baritone)
The Association Chorus, Boston Festival Orchestra
George Whitefield Chadwick (conductor)
First Publication. 1892 – Boston: Arthur P. Schmidt
Librettist William Alard (attr.) "Phoenix inter flammas exspirans", from Sacred Latin Poetry (1849)
John Lord Hayes, English translation
Language Latin / English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 30 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
soprano, alto, tenor, bass (or baritone)
Mixed Chorus (SATB)
2 flutes, 2 oboes (2nd also English horn), 2 clarinets (B/A), 2 bassoons
4 horns (F/E/C), 2 trumpets (E/C), 3 trombones, timpani, organ, strings

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Composed for the 1892 Springfield Festival.