The Voice of Isaac An Oratorio for Chorus, Soloists, and Chamber Orchestra

2003 (rev. 2015) | Commissioned by PALS Children’s Chorus | libretto by the composer | 30 minutes

Available from Edition Peters.

Clear in design and Brittenesque in texture…ingeniously scored…[with] an almost unbearable poignancy.
— The Boston Globe


Listen (Excerpts)


Versions

  • Chorus and Chamber Orchestra

    Narrator, treble solo (Isaac), baritone solo (Abraham), SATB chorus, SSA ensemble, and orchestra (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, percussion [Chinese cymbal, medium bass drum, large bass drum, tubular bells, vibraphone, marimba], piano, and strings).*
    Available from Edition Peters.

  • Children’s Chorus and Chamber Orchestra

    Narrator, treble solo (Isaac), baritone solo (Abraham), SSA children’s chorus, and orchestra (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, percussion [Chinese cymbal, medium bass drum, large bass drum, tubular bells, vibraphone, marimba], piano, and strings).*
    Available from Edition Peters

  • Solo Voices, String Quartet, and Piano

    Baritone solo, SAT voices, string quartet, and piano. Commissioned by Words & Music.
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*Also available in performing edition with solo piano reduction.


Program Note


Select Performances

  • Coro Allegro and Boston City Singers
    (Premiere of revised SATB version)

    David Hodgkins, conductor
    David Kravitz, baritone
    Samuel Higgins, boy soprano
    Sanders Theatre
    Cambridge, MA
    March 13, 2016

  • Temple Emunah Sehihot Program

    Sarah Pelletier, soprano
    Krista River, mezzo-soprano
    Matthew Anderson, tenor
    Brian Church, baritone
    Linda Osborn, piano
    Temple Emunah
    Lexington, MA
    September 8, 2012

  • Words & Music: The American Composer II

    St. Francis Episcopal Church
    Great Falls, VA
    May 20, 2012

  • Boston Arts Academy Concert Choir and Members of Emmanuel Music and Lorelei Ensemble

    Beth Willer, conductor
    Joshua Taylor, baritone
    Roland Hayes School of Music Auditorium
    Boston, MA
    May 18, 2010

  • Club Night Concert Series

    Libella Quartet
    Asako Shibata, piano
    St. Botolph Club
    Boston, MA
    April 11, 2006

  • Faculty Artist Concert

    Libella Quartet
    Anny Cheng, piano
    Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music
    Cambridge, MA
    November 9, 2005

  • PALS Children’s Chorus (Premiere)

    Johanna Hill Simpson, conductor
    Robert Honeysucker, baritone
    Jordan Hall
    Boston, MA
    March 1, 2003