Mark Gresham

The Embrace

Instrumentationlarge orchestra (piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in Bb, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, 2 percussion, harp, piano, strings)
Lengthca. 9 minutes
DifficultyWritten for the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (educational orchestra of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). Accomplished youth orchestra level; brief incidental soli for concertmaster and principal cellist.
CommentsSomewhat 'Impressionistic' tonality.
SourcesLux Nova Press
451 Burlington Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30307.
tel/fax: 404-370-0341.
Info on score and parts:
ExtrasTape: Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Jere Flint conducting; direct inquiries about tape to or to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
HistoryCommissioned by the Georgia Council for the Arts under its Individual Artist Grants program (FY1996). Premiered by the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Jere Flint conducting, January 25, 1996 at Symphony Hall (Woodruff Arts Center), Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Repeat performance by the ASYO (Flint cond.) for the Olympic Arts Festival (1996 Summer Olympics), July 24, 1996 at Symphony Hall, Atlanta.
ContributorMark Gresham (composer) E-mail:


InstrumentationSATB chorus, 3-part treble choir (or 3 adult soli from the adult choir), full orchestra: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in Bb, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, tuba, 3 percussion, timpani, harp, strings.
Lengthapx. 10+ minutes
Difficultymodest to moderate for both chorus and orchestra
CommentsOriginally for a specific concert and context; originally scored with winds, percussion, handbells and organ in 1988. Rescored for orchestra in 1992, new scoring currently unperformed.
SourcesScore from Norcross Music Associates, Inc., P.O Box 2318, Duluth, GA 30136
ExtrasEligible for American Choral Works grant provided the chorus is a member of Chorus America.
HistoryPremiered in original scoring by Gwinnett Festival Singers, members of the North Fulton Community Band, St. Bartholomew Episcopal handbells, and organist Don Snyder.
ContributorThe composer, Mark Gresham,

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