Otto Luening: No Jerusalem But This; Divertimento
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR600     Release Date: 1991-01-01
Paul Sperry, narrator; Kathleen Sullivan, soprano; Jacqueline Pierce, mezzo-soprano; Philip Wilder, countertenor; Stephen Rosser, tenor; Mark Moliterno, baritone; Goodman Chamber Choir; The Music Project Chamber Orchestra; Andrea Goodman, Conductor; Meridian Arts Ensemble; John Nelson, trumpet; Richard Kelley, trumpet; Daniel Grabois, horn; Benjamin Herrington, trombone; Raymond Stewart, tuba


Otto Luening's No Jerusalem but This was composed for the Gregg Smith Singers and was first performed during the summer of 1982 at the Adirondack Festival of American Music. An accessible work comprised of twenty-nine aphoristic settings of poems by Samuel Menashe (b. New York City, 1925), No Jerusalem But This, in the words of the composer, "represents a vision of life with the shadow of defeats and death, but also with the moments both in nature and in our own human actions which bring us joy." It is scored for mixed chorus, soloists, narrator, and a chamber ensemble of fifteen players (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, percussion, piano, harp, two violins, viola, cello, and contrabass). The performance by the Goodman Chamber Choir and members of the Music Project heard on this recording was given in honor of the composer's ninetieth birthday at Merkin Hall, New York City, on June 6, 1990.


The Divertimento for Brass Quintet (1988)is a set of six studies in contrasting harmonic areas, which are articulated through a series of clearly marked phrases of linear counterpoint and points of imitation. The first movement opens with a pointillistic exposition of materials. The second begins with a progression of changing tone clusters. Throughout the work, crisp and rapid-fire statements for muted brasses are juxtaposed with more lyrical passages, often introduced in the lower voices, and also with hymn-like settings for the full ensemble.


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

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No Jerusalem But This: I. The shrine whose shape I am
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No Jerusalem But This: II. Eaves at dusk
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No Jerusalem But This: III. Wind
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No Jerusalem But This: IV. Stone would be water
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No Jerusalem But This: V. In Stride
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No Jerusalem But This: VI. My angels are dark
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No Jerusalem But This: VII. Small stones for The Temple
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No Jerusalem But This: VIII. Rural Sunrise
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No Jerusalem But This: IX. Reeds rise from water
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No Jerusalem But This: IXa. The Niche
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No Jerusalem But This: X. A-
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No Jerusalem But This: XI. Paschal Wilderness
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No Jerusalem But This: XII. Paradise - After Giovanni di Paolo
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No Jerusalem But This: XIII. Pity us
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No Jerusalem But This: XIV. The friends of my father
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No Jerusalem But This: XV. Pastoral
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No Jerusalem But This: XVI. April
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No Jerusalem But This: XVII. May
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No Jerusalem But This: XVIII. The Sandpiper
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No Jerusalem But This: XIX. O Many Named Beloved
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No Jerusalem But This: XX. Shade
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No Jerusalem But This: XXI. Roads run forever
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No Jerusalem But This: XXII. She who saw the moon last night
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No Jerusalem But This: XXIII. Pirate
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No Jerusalem But This: XXIV. Warrior Wisdom
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No Jerusalem But This: XXV. Dusk
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No Jerusalem But This: XXVI. Voyage
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No Jerusalem But This: XXVII. My Mother's Grave; XXVIII. The shrine whose shape I am (reprise)
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No Jerusalem But This: XXIX. The Water of The World is Love
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Divertimento for Brass Quintet: I. Allegro
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Divertimento for Brass Quintet: II. Slow
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Divertimento for Brass Quintet: III. Slow
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Divertimento for Brass Quintet: IV. Allegro
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Divertimento for Brass Quintet: V. Vivace
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Divertimento for Brass Quintet: VI. Presto
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