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An Evening of Song with the University of California Glee Club
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University of Californa Glee Club
University of California
Commanday, Robert Paul
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Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Center
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The University of California Glee Club has its origins as a male octet in 1875. It was the first American university choral group to tour in Europe. The glee club has since performed throughout the United States, in a number of foreign countries, and with professional soloists and orchestral groups.
Cataloging Label: HB-2555 An Evening of Song with the University of California Glee Club, 1875-1958 Robert Paul Commanday, Director The University of California Glee Club had its origins as a male octet in 1875. The group gradually expanded its size and activities and, under Clinton R. “Brick” Morse, achieved world fame, becoming the first American university choral group to tour in Europe. After many other successful tours, including trips to the Orient, Hawaii and Alaska, Mr. Morse retired in 1926. He left with the students of the University of California two of their most beloved songs, “hail to California” and “Songs of California.” Following the era of “Brick” Morse, the Glee Club joined with the women’s choral group, the Treble Clef Society, to present many operettas and musical comedies. Today the two organizations are activities sponsored by the Associated Students, University of California. The Glee Club regularly performs major choral works with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and has also appeared on national and local television programs and in concert throughout the western states. In 1920, the Gee Club was the forerunner of the American college groups later to appear in the Orient. As the climax of the 1957 season, it made a highly successful tour of Japan, becoming the first university choral group to appear there since the war. Presenting a large and varied repertoire of Western music in evening concerts, matinee performances and also many programs for students of secondary schools and colleges, the club was received with enthusiasm by music critics and audiences alike. This recording was made in Hertz auditorium a new structure of the Music Department on the University of California’s Berkeley campus, on May 17-18, 1958. Cover design by James Conlin. Recording Side No. 1 1. The Heavens are Telling, L. van Beethoven (1770-1827) 2. O Regem Coeli, T. L. da Vittoria (1549-1611) 3. O Filii et Filiae, V. Leisring (d. 1637) 4. Pilgrims’ Chorus, R. Wagner (1813-1883) from “Tannhauser.” Arr. M. Andrews. 5. Soldier’s Song, Zoltan Kodaly (born 1882) 6. Soldiers’ and Students’ Choruses H. Berlioz (1803-1869) from “The Damnation of Faust.” 7. Two Songs for Male Chorus William O. Smith (b. 1926) Recording Side No. 2 1. Jerry, Negro Work Song, arr. L. de Paur Tenor, Trevor Pendray. 2. Lorena, J. P. Webster. Arr. Hunter-Parker-Shaw. 3. Humble, arr. M. Bartholomew. Baritone, Wayne Wilcox. 4. Old Tom Wilson, arr. M. Bartholomew. 5. Skye Boat Song, arr. F. Heath. Soloists: Clarence LeFebvre, tenor; Ronald Mitchell, baritone. 6. The Troubadours, R. Schumann, Op. 33, No. 2. Poem by Heinrich Heine. 7. Zitti, Zitti, Moviamo a Vendetta, G. Verdi, from “Rigoletto.” 8. Miyako no Seihoku 9. Songs of the University of California 10. De Wind Blow Over My Shoulder, arr. M. Bartholomew
Vinyl recording
Glees (Music)
1 Disc of 1
Choral music
Glee clubs
Oakland History Center, Oakland Public Library
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