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Darkness Unveiled and Glory Illuminated: Three Orchestral Works By Stephen Whitehead

by Stephen Whitehead, Andrew Chung & Bay Area Classical Harmonies Orchestra

Acoustic orchestral music in a somewhat more tradition style involving historic and fictional subjects: Dracula, The First World War (a.k.a. World War I), and Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533-1604).
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Dracula an Orchestral Thriller, Pt. 1
Stephen Whitehead, Jeffrey Whitehead, Bay Area Classical Harmonies Orchestra, Andrew Chung, Clifford Schwarz & Andrea Oey
11:26 $1.50
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2. Dracula an Orchestral Thriller, Pt. 2
Stephen Whitehead, Andrew Chung, Clifford Schwarz, Andrea Oey, Jeffrey Whitehead & Bay Area Classical Harmonies Orchestra
9:04 $1.50
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3. Dracula an Orchestral Thriller, Pt. 3
Stephen Whitehead, Clifford Schwarz, Andrea Oey, Jeffrey Whitehead, Bay Area Classical Harmonies Orchestra & Andrew Chung
8:29 $1.50
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4. Dracula an Orchestral Thriller, Pt. 4
Stephen Whitehead, Andrea Oey, Jeffrey Whitehead, Bay Area Classical Harmonies Orchestra, Andrew Chung & Clifford Schwarz
8:59 $1.50
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5. Three Laments On the Great War: I. Arms and the Boy
Stephen Whitehead, Wilfred Owen, Andrew Chung, John Escalera & Bay Area Classical Harmonies Orchestra
4:50 $0.99
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6. Three Laments On the Great War: II. The Target
Stephen Whitehead, Ivor Gurney, Jose Hernandez, John Escalera, Bay Area Classical Harmonies Orchestra & Andrew Chung
4:33 $0.99
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7. Three Laments On the Great War: III. Anthem for Doomed Youth
Stephen Whitehead, Wilfred Owen, Blythe May Elizabeth Tai, Andrew Chung, John Escalera & Bay Area Classical Harmonies Orchestra
5:25 $0.99
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8. Homage to Gloriana: An Elizabethan Tone Poem
Stephen Whitehead, William Byrd, Sir Edmund Spenser, Susie Fong, Kris Palmer, Bay Area Classical Harmonies Orchestra, Bay Area Classical Harmonies Chorus, Andrew Chung & Clifford Schwarz
10:41 $1.50
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Album Notes
Dracula: An Orchestral Thriller, Op. 14 No. 3
for Chamber Orchestra, Narrator and Violin Solo
Music by Stephen Whitehead
Narration by Jeffrey Whitehead, based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Additional textual contributions by Clifford Schwartz.

Originally inspired by Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, in which the
narrated scenes are realized musically, Dracula: An Orchestral Thriller in its
first incarnation was a children’s piece for narrator and string quartet, and was
premiered at a German Medieval castle in 2003. Later, the narrative and music
were reworked into this longer version for older audiences, preserving the overall
arc of Bram Stoker’s novel, with some scenes inspired by the 1922 film
Nosferatu. The music was rescored for chamber orchestra in 2014.

Three Laments on The Great War, Op. 11
for Vocalists and Chamber Orchestra
Music by Stephen Whitehead
Texts by English poets Wilfred Owen (1893 - 1918) and Ivor Gurney (1890 - 1937)
I. Arms and the Boy (Owen), baritone solo
II. The Target (Gurney), tenor solo
III. Anthem for Doomed Youth (Owen), mezzo-soprano and baritone duet

These pieces express the disillusionment of two British soldiers during the First World War. The
music captures the unrelenting horrors and bitter ironies of men fighting a war many believed
would be over by Christmas 1914. Wilfred Owen and Ivor Gurney put into poetry their first-hand
experiences and their personal judgments concerning a conflict in which a generation of young
men met untimely death. Owen was killed a week before the Armistice of November 11, 1918.

Homage to Gloriana: An Elizabethan Tone Poem, Op. 16
in Honour of Queen Elizabeth I of England
for Harpƒichord Solo, Piccolo/Recorder Solo, Orchestra and Chorus
by Stephen Whitehead, Esq.
with Themes from the English Renaissance
together with an optional spoken vere by Sir Edmund Spenƒer to be read prior to performance.
Printed by Isaac Jaggard for Matthew Lownes, 1611

Homage to Gloriana is a 21st-century homage to Queen Elizabeth I (1533 - 1603) and
English Renaissance music of the late 16th century. The first theme, introduced by
the woodwinds then played by strings and briefly intoned by the brass, is a melody from
a song once beloved of Anne Boleyn (1501 - 1536), the martyred mother of Elizabeth I.
The next section with harpsichord solo then eventually tutti orchestra is from The Queen’s
Alman by William Byrd (1540 - 1623). The chorus enters on music from Byrd’s Mass
for 5 voices (modified) with text paraphrased from The Faerie Queene by Sir Edmund
Spenser (1552 - 1599). The piece ends with a popular song from the time, “The Leaves
Be Green”.

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