What’s in a name, provisionally?

Barbie has made a list of the songs we are likely to perform in the 2 July concert. Here it is, with links to further information, rehearsal files, etc. This is, as the saying goes, a living document, i.e. I haven’t finished it yet. Suggestions for other information we could link to are welcome.

Zadok The Priest, composed by George Frideric Handel for the coronation of King George II in 1727. It has been sung prior to the anointing of the sovereign at the coronation of every British monarch since its composition . Rehearsal files are available on Choralia.

Maggie and Milly and Molly and May, a setting by Eric Whitacre (2011) of a poem by E. E. Cummings. There’s a post about this piece on the composer’s blog, with a recording, and a more recent, more polished performance on Youtube.

Clara Clara, a song from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin. This 1940 recording on Youtube has so-so sound quality but great expression.

Daisy Bell, a popular song written in 1892 by British songwriter Harry Dacre. The chorus (ending “Bicycle built for two”) was still well known in my childhood in the 1960s, but not so much nowadays.

Michelle, by Lennon & McCartney (mainly the latter) in the arrangement by Grayston Ives for the King’s Singers. See the post on the Capital Choir blog on 8 April. Barbie has made study recordings.

John Anderson, a setting by Robert Schumann of a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. (Since this concert is about named persons, we should note that John Anderson was a carpenter friend of Stevenson.)

Bänkelsänger Willie, a German translation of Rattlin’, Roarin’ Willie (a song by Robert Louis Stevenson) set to a different tune by Robert Schumann. one of his “Romanzen und Balladen, Volume 4” (op. 146, 1849). Barbie has made study recordings.

Barbara Ann – Beach Boys

Lydie, by Reynaldo Hahn, a piece for soloists, chorus and piano, one of the 10 Études latines, 1899-1900. This is one of several recordings on Youtube.

Cantique de Jean Racine, by Gabriel Faure. See the post on the Capital choir blog on 20 March.

Cecilia, by Paul Simon, from the Bridge over Troubled Water album by Simon and Garfunkel Our version was arranged (to the best of my knowledge) by Jon Arterton.