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Though he is not well known today, Heinrich Marschner (1795-1861) was the greatest German operatic composer of the generation between Weber and Wagner. He is best remembered for his operas Der Vampyr, Hans Heiling, and Der Templer und die Jüdin. Marschner’s early career was a patchwork of short engagements. He achieved more stability in 1830 when he was appointed Hofkapellmeister at the court of Hanover, a position he held until his retirement in 1859. In addition to opera, he is known for his songs, chamber music, and choral music, especially his works for men’s choir. Der Vampyr premiered in Leipzig in 1828. The Chorus of Witches and Spirits is the opening chorus of the opera. It creates a dramatic sense of foreboding as dark forces gather to celebrate the Witches’ Sabbath and summon the Vampire King.
2014 NM All-State Choral Reading Session
2014 Z. Randall Stroope Choral Immersion Workshop