The Tale of the Viking (Whiting, George Elbridge)

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Editor First edition
Publisher. Info. New York: G. Schirmer, 1881. Plate 2575.
Misc. Notes This copy includes annotations of tempi by the composer and apparently some of his second thoughts on pages 44—47 and elsewhere.
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General Information

Work Title The Tale of the Viking
Alternative. Title
Composer Whiting, George Elbridge
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IGW 17
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 11 sections
  1. Overture.
  2. Chorus (TB) — "Speak! Speak! Thou fearful guest!"
  3. Chorus (SATB) — "Then, from those cavernous eyes"
  4. Air for Baritone — "I was a Viking old!"
  5. Chorus (TB/TTBB soli) — "But when I older grew"
  6. Scene and Air for Soprano — "Once as I told in glee"
  7. March and Chorus (SATB) — "Bright! Bright! Bright in her father's hall"
  8. Air for Baritone — "For she was a Prince's child"
  9. Chorus (SATB) — "Scarce had I put to sea"
  10. Romance for Tenor — "There lived we many, many years"
  11. Solo (Soprano) and Chorus (SATB) — "Still grew my bosom then"
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1879—1881
First Publication. 1881 — New York: G. Schirmer
Librettist Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
Language English
Dedication To my Friend Allen A. Brown of Boston, Mass.
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
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

Misc. Comments

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.