Green & Van Vactor: Symphonies
Hessian Radio Symphony Orchestra; David Van Vactor, conductor


Ray Green, Missouri-born (Cavendish, 1909) and San Francisco raised had the bulk of his basic musical training in the city of the Golden Gate, where he studied under such personages as Ernest Bloch, Albert Elkus, and Guilio Silva. He won a fellowship for study abroad during the middle 1930's, and while there gained conducting experience under Pierre Monteux and further study in composition under Milhaud.

Of Sunday Sing, Ray Green tells us that the name is derived “from the fact that characteristics similar to those found in early American modal 'shaped note' music are detectable in the fabric of the work. Influences of early American fuguing tune and hymn tune music are also to he found in its thematics. The name derived equally from the "Sunday Sings" of early America, a custom which is still kept alive in communities throughout the United States. . It is common practice for these "Sunday Sings" to be carried on with a minimum of formal leadership. Members of the group are free to suggest a hymn or spiritual and the volunteer of such a suggestion often directs the song of his or her choice. . . .

David Van Vactor's First Symphony, in D, was awarded the New York Philharmonic-Symphony prize in 1939, in spite of which happy occurrence he refrained from work in this medium until 1955. In that year he composed the first three movements of the Second Symphony. The pressure of numerous commitments delayed completion of the fourth movement for two years, although it had been sketched out along with the other movements. Van Vactor's Second Symphony was first performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, April 3, 1959, under the direction of William Steinberg.



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Green & Van Vactor: Symphonies

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Track Listing

Sunday Sing Symphony: I. Fuguing Tune
Ray Green
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Sunday Sing Symphony: II. Hymn Tune No. 1 ("Help me to sing")
Ray Green
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Sunday Sing Symphony: III. Hymn Tune No. 2 ("Help me to quietude")
Ray Green
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Sunday Sing Symphony: IV. Hymn Tune No. 3 (Help me to joy")
Ray Green
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Sunday Sing Symphony: V. Exit tune
Ray Green
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Symphony No. 2: I. Allegro moderato
David Van Vactor
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Symphony No. 2: II. Adagio
David Van Vactor
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Symphony No. 2: III. Allegretto
David Van Vactor
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Symphony No. 2: IV. Allegro giusto
David Van Vactor
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