What music has been written just for the NEW YEAR?

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What music has been written just for the NEW YEAR?

Post by Lance » Sun Dec 26, 2010 6:26 pm

Over the years, I have presented New Year's radio broadcasts often trying to find classical music written especially for the New Year. I know Boyce wrote his series of symphonies, and Friedrich Nietsche, along with Mosonyi and Kunzen wrote material as did Georg Gebel (an oratorio). But I'd like to present this type of program for New Year's 2011, otherwise, I may use one of the many New Year's Eve programs recorded in Vienna or elsewhere. Ideas, please?!? Many thanks!
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Re: What music has been written just for the NEW YEAR?

Post by jbuck919 » Sun Dec 26, 2010 6:55 pm

An obvious choice is the chorale "Das alte Jahr vergangen ist," a hymn of praise and thanksgiving (albeit in a minor modality) which was set several times by Bach as something quite sad. The only other setting I know of is an organ fughetta by Walther which does not provide sufficient contrast to make the point.


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Post by John F » Sun Dec 26, 2010 8:45 pm

Franz Waxman wrote a set of variations on "Auld lang syne" in the styles of various composers such as Shostakofiev. Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica include it in their amusing CD "Happy Birthday," which is well worth having.

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Post by johnQpublic » Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:43 am

Lance you mentioned Boyce (regarding "symphonies/overtures") but did you know he wrote an Ode for the New Year, 1774? I have an ASV CD of it & it lasts c. 24 minutes.

And for a shorty try Lumbye's "New Year Greeting March"
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Post by Fergus » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:25 am

JSB Cantatas BWV16/41/143/171/184a/190 :D

I am, however, completely ignorant on the content of the relevant specific lithurgical texts for each work :roll:

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Post by Seán » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:23 am

It was not intended as a New Year theme, however, I always listen to Haydn's Symphony No. 45, his "Farewell", on New Year's day.
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Post by jbuck919 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:20 am

Fergus wrote:JSB Cantatas BWV16/41/143/171/184a/190 :D

I am, however, completely ignorant on the content of the relevant specific lithurgical texts for each work :roll:
With regard to number 184a, so is everyone else (words and music have been lost). :wink:

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Post by Fergus » Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:22 am

jbuck919 wrote:
Fergus wrote:JSB Cantatas BWV16/41/143/171/184a/190 :D

I am, however, completely ignorant on the content of the relevant specific lithurgical texts for each work :roll:
With regard to number 184a, so is everyone else (words and music have been lost). :wink:
I questioned myself as to whether I should in fact list that one but the completeist in me took over :D
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Post by piston » Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:35 am

From what is found on the Music and History website, Boyce is the only composer to write New Year specific music that was performed on the first of January:
"Again returns the circling year" (1/1/1771)
"At length the fleeting year is o'er" (1/1/1772)
"Pass but a few short fleeting years" (1/1/1774)

I'm excluding here music composed for and performed at the beginning of the year 2000.
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Post by piston » Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:39 am

Looking at recent European concerts programmed for the New Year, Johann Strauss is always a popular composer, in addition to any work of "jubilation."
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Post by maestrob » Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:12 am

Tan Dun wrote an eclectic soundtrack to the 24-hour soundtrack of the telecast of the 2000 worldwide celebration: it may be a bit new-agey for your taste, but it's there if you want it.

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Post by karlhenning » Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:44 am

maestrob wrote:Tan Dun wrote an eclectic soundtrack to the 24-hour soundtrack of the telecast of the 2000 worldwide celebration: it may be a bit new-agey for your taste, but it's there if you want it.

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Post by johnQpublic » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:23 pm

Britten wrote a "New Year Carol" (I have it on a Collins Classics).

And I did a selective search @ Amazon typing in "New Year", using the quotation marks. Aside from many things that were New Year's Eve, I did see a number of items that dealt just with the New Year including works by Zaimont, Asia, etc.
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Post by Ken » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:56 pm

Schumann's Neujahrslied, Op. 144 for orchestra, choir and vocal soloists, composed during his Düsseldorf years and using a text by Friedrich Rückert. A truly creative and enjoyable work (I had the pleasure of hearing it at the Tonhalle's Neujahrskonzert this year), but sadly, like most all of the composer's late works for orchestra and vocalists (Königssohn, Sängers Fluch, usw.), not available on CD--as far as I know.
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Re: What music has been written just for the NEW YEAR?

Post by diegobueno » Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:48 pm

A rather quirky selection would be Michael Tippett's suite from his opera New Year (1988), which was recorded by Richard Hickox and the Bournemouth Symphony. The piece reminds me a little bit of Frank Zappa, but it culminates with a playing of "Auld Lang Syne".

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