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Gregg Smith Singers

Works: 586 works in 1,091 publications in 7 languages and 18,443 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Musical settings  Chamber operas  Songs  Psalms (Music)  Excerpts  Requiems  Art music  Orchestral music  Variations (Music) 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Musician, Vocalist, Other
Classifications: M1500.S895, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Gregg Smith Singers
The complete music of Carl Ruggles by Carl Ruggles( Recording )

12 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The new Stravinsky by Igor Stravinsky( )

12 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( )

9 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synopsis ACT I: Anne Trulove is in the garden of her father's country house with her suitor, Tom Rakewell, admiring the springtime. Sending Anne into the house, her father, Trulove, tells Tom he has arranged an accountant's job for him in the city. Tom declines the offer and the older man leaves. A stranger enters as Tom declares his determination to live by his wits and enjoy life. When he says "I wish I had money," the stranger introduces himself as Nick Shadow, "at your service." Shadow tells Tom that a forgotten rich uncle has died, leaving the young man a fortune. Anne and Trulove return to hear the news, the latter urging Tom to accompany Shadow to London to settle the estate. As Tom leaves, promising to send for Anne as soon as everything is arranged, Shadow turns to the audience to announce, "the Progress of a Rake begins." At a brothel in the city, whores entertain a group of "roaring boys," dissolute young playboys; together they toast Venus and Mars. Shadow coaxes Tom to recite for the madam, Mother Goose, the catechism he has taught him: to follow nature rather than doctrine, to seek beauty (which is perishable) and pleasure (which means different things to different people). Tom refuses, however, to define love. Turning back the clocks when he sees Tom restless to escape, Shadow commends him to the pursuit of hedonism with these companions. Tom responds with ruminations of love. When the whores offer to console him, Mother Goose claims him for herself and leads him off. As evening falls, Anne leaves her father's house, determined to find Tom, since she has heard nothing from him. ACT II: Tom, who is in the morning room of his house in the city, is beginning to tire of city pleasures and no longer dares to think of Anne. When he says "I wish I were happy," Shadow appears, showing a poster for Baba the Turk, a bearded lady whom he urges Tom to marry, because only when one is obligated to neither passion nor reason can one be truly free. Amused by the idea, Tom gets ready to go out. Anne approaches Tom's house but is hesitant to knock. As darkness falls, she sees servants enter with strangely shaped packages. A conveyance arrives and Tom steps out. Startled to see Anne, he says she must forget him, he cannot go back to her. Baba calls out from the sedan, whereupon Tom admits to the astonished Anne that he is married. Hurried along by Baba's impatient remarks, Anne faces the bitter realities, while Tom repeats that it is too late to turn back. As Tom helps Baba from the sedan, a curious crowd gathers. Anne hurriedly leaves. In his morning room, Tom sits sulking amid Baba's curios as she chatters about the origin of each. When he refuses to respond to her affection, she complains bitterly. Tom silences her and she remains motionless as Tom falls asleep. Shadow wheels in a strange contraption, and when Tom awakens, saying "Oh I wish it were true," the machine turns out to be his dream: an invention for making stones into bread. Seeing it as a means of redemption for his misdeeds, Tom wonders whether he might again deserve Anne. Shadow points out the device's usefulness in gulling potential investors. ACT III: On a spring afternoon, the same scene (including the stationary Baba) is set for an auction. Customers examine the various objects: Tom's business venture has ended in ruin. Amid rumors as to what has become of Tom, Anne enters in search of him. An auctioneer, Sellem, begins to hawk various objects -- including Baba, who resumes her chatter after the crowd bids to purchase her. Indignant at finding her belongings up for sale, she tries to order everyone out. She draws Anne aside, saying the girl should try to save Tom, who still loves her. Anne, hearing Tom and Shadow singing in the street, runs out. Shadow leads Tom to a graveyard with a freshly dug grave, where he reminds the young man that a year and a day have passed since he promised to serve him: now the servant claims his wage. Tom must end his life by any means he chooses before the stroke of twelve. Suddenly, Shadow offers a reprieve: they will gamble for Tom's soul. When Tom, placing his trust in the Queen of Hearts, calls upon Anne, and her voice is heard, Shadow realizes he has lost. In retaliation, he condemns Tom to insanity. As Shadow disappears and dawn rises, Tom -- gone mad -- imagines himself Adonis, waiting for Venus. In an insane asylum, Tom declares Venus will visit him, whereupon fellow inmates mock the idea. The Keeper admits Anne. Believing her to be Venus, Tom confesses his sins: "I hunted the shadows, disdaining thy true love." Briefly they imagine timeless love in Elysium. With his head upon her breast, Tom asks her to sing him to sleep. As she does, her voice moves the other inmates. Trulove comes to fetch his daughter, who bids the sleeping Tom farewell. When he wakens to find her gone, he cries out for Venus as the inmates sing "Mourn for Adonis." EPILOGUE: The principals gather to tell the moral that each finds in the story. Anne warns that not every man can hope for someone like her to save him; Baba warns that all men are mad; Tom warns against self-delusion, to Trulove's agreement; Shadow mourns his role as man's alter ego; and all concur that the devil finds work for idle hands
Distant playing fields : [20th century vocal chamber works] by William Mayer( )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gabrieli in San Marco by Giovanni Gabrieli( )

6 editions published in 1996 in Latin and English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deus in nomine tuo; Beata es Virgo Maria; Jubilemus singuli; Deus, Deus meus, ad te de luce vigilo; O quam suavis est; Kyrie; Sanctus; Benedictus; Cantate Domino; Domine, exaudi orationem meam; Hodie completi sunt; Magnificat; Surrexit Christus; Nunc dimittis; Jubilate Deo a'10; Intonatio-Jubilate deo a'8
The great sentimental age by Gregg Smith Singers( )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mythologies by Harold Blumenfeld( )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The glory of Gabrieli by Giovanni Gabrieli( )

12 editions published between 1967 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music for multiple choirs, brass and organ recorded in the Basilica of San Marco, Venice
Music of Irving Fine by Irving Fine( Recording )

9 editions published between 1977 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music for chorus by Charles Ives( Recording )

13 editions published between 1965 and 1966 in 3 languages and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky( )

4 editions published in 2006 in 3 languages and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La belleza del silencio = The beauty of silence by Orlando Jacinto García( )

3 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in Spanish and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I hear America singing : choral works of William Schuman, Ned Rorem, Louise Talma by Gregg Smith Singers( )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Favorite songs by Stephen Collins Foster( )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

125th anniversary album by Igor Stravinsky( )

7 editions published in 2007 in Russian and Undetermined and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heaven is music : choral & vocal music of Virgil Thomson by Virgil Thomson( )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In praise of singing : choral music by Jack Beeson( )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Time as breath ; Cantata : (She is thy life) by Bruce Adolphe( )

3 editions published between 1982 and 2011 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Auricles apertures ventricles : three works by Edwin London( Recording )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in Hebrew and English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait : his works, his life by Igor Stravinsky( )

3 editions published in 2008 in Russian and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Gregg Smith Singers American choral ensemble founded by conductor and composer Gregg Smith

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