Warren: Abram in Egypt; Suite for Orchestra

Ronald Lewis, baritone; Roger Wagner Chorale; Roger Wagner, conductor;
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra; William Strickland, conductor

Concerning her adaptation of the Genesis and Dead Sea Scrolls text for Abram in Egypt, Elinor Remick Warren tells us, “While both sources deal with the same subject, the Scroll reveals for the first time why Abram urged Sarai (they were later commanded by the Lord to call themselves Abraham and Sarah) to conceal her true identity, and adds many touching and absorbing details found neither in Genesis nor in other ancient writings.

“As the narrative in the Scroll is in the first person, it was necessary to change the excerpts from Genesis from the third person to the first, for the sake of continuity. Otherwise the text follows the narrative as found in Genesis and the Dead Sea Scroll.

Like that of Abram in Egypt, the musical language of the Suite for Orchestra is neo-romantic and in this instance finds its inspiration in the vast mountain panorama to be seen from the composer’s Corona del Valle Ranch.

“At our mountain ranch,” writes Miss Warren, “we look out over broad sweeps of desert to the rugged snow-clad mountain ranges of the High Sierra. I have been particularly moved by the ever-changing pictures of the sky, at all hours and in varying seasons. Although my Suite has no story or program behind it, the overtones of this pageantry of the sky and the long shadows of the towering mountains are doubtless in the fabric of the work. The mood of each movement is indicated by a few lines chosen from the writings of John Gould Fletcher. These poems are included on the flyleaf to the full score of the Suite.”


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Track Listing

Abram in Egypt
Elinor Remick Warren
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Suite for Orchestra: I. Allegro Moderato (Black Cloud Horses)
Elinor Remick Warren
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Suite for Orchestra: II. Andante molto tranquillo (Cloud Peaks)
Elinor Remick Warren
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Suite for Orchestra: III. Scherzino - Allegretto (Ballet of the Midsummer Sky)
Elinor Remick Warren
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Suite for Orchestra: IV. Moderato (Pageant Across the Sky)
Elinor Remick Warren
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