battle hymns (2009) 50'

large chorus, plus one snare drum
Text by David Lang (after Sullivan Ballou, Stephen Foster and Abraham Lincoln)
Commissioner: 

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and Leah Stein Dance Company

First Performer: 

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia; Alan Harler, conductor; 13 June 2009, Philadelphia, PA

libretto (English) by David Lang, after Sullivan Ballou, Stephen Foster and Abraham Lincoln

may be choreographed, staged or sung in concert

movements may be sung individually; the three Stephen Foster movements may be sung grouped together as a separate piece: 'after stephen foster'

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Instruments:  Percussion   Voice