Arrangements

Come Sunday Come Sunday
(2016
)
 

Music by Duke Ellington
Arranged by Henry Dehlinger

In Henry's popular arrangement, the piano accompanies the singer in a modern stride style. Transitions between rubato and rhythmic swing sections are logical and sensitive and showcase the crossover bonafides of Met soprano Danielle Talamantes.

Released: May 17, 2016
Heaven and Earth:
A Duke Ellington Songbook

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Don't Get Around Much Anymore Don't Get Around Much Anymore (2016)
 

Music by Duke Ellington
Arranged by Henry Dehlinger

This lighthearted arrangement presents a contrast of swing feels. First, Dehlinger treats the listener to a sultry barroom swing, then quickens the pace to engage in a call and response chorus with a stride style bridge, culminating in one last sexy, sultry banter between singer and pianist.

Released: May 17, 2016
Heaven and Earth:
A Duke Ellington Songbook

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Don't Get Around Much Anymore
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Imagine My Frustration Imagine My Frustration
(2016
)
 

Music by Duke Ellington
Arranged by Henry Dehlinger

Dehlinger’s arrangement offers a rubato introduction that sets the mood and tonality for the rest of the piece, then shifts into a bluesy shuffle in a tip-of-the-hat to the original groove. He then layers the melodic line with piano licks reminiscent of another Duke Ellington standard, C-Jam Blues.

Released: May 17, 2016
Heaven and Earth:
A Duke Ellington Songbook

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Imagine My Frustration
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Sophisticated Lady Sophisticated Lady
(2016
)
 

Music by Duke Ellington
Arranged by Henry Dehlinger

Ellington was thinking of three teachers at his grade school who saved dollars through the school year in order to tour Europe in the summers. Ellington quipped, “To me that spelled sophistication.” Dehlinger’s arrangement offers lush piano accompaniment and subtle swing phrases.

Released: May 17, 2016
Heaven and Earth:
A Duke Ellington Songbook

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Sophisticated Lady
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Meditation Meditation
(2016
)
 

Music by Duke Ellington
Arranged by Henry Dehlinger

Ellington’s own recordings of this piano solo piece show restraint and introspection manifesting in sound rarely louder than mezzo-piano. Dehlinger’s arrangement and performance dares to build the intensity to emphatic, even dramatic, before delicately reaching its conclusion.

Released: May 17, 2016
Heaven and Earth:
A Duke Ellington Songbook

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Meditation
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Almighty God Has Those Angels Almighty God Has Those Angels
(2016
)
 

Music by Duke Ellington
Arranged by Henry Dehlinger

The bass line evokes a fast jazz waltz feel, while the melody and piano harmony express a slower shuffle rhythm. The vocal line is written as if it were a transcription of an improvisation, which is sure to make any classical vocalist smile from ear to ear. From the Second Sacred Concert.

Released: May 17, 2016
Heaven and Earth:
A Duke Ellington Songbook

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Almighty God Has Those Angels
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2019-2020 Premieres

  • Oct 27
    Washington Master Chorale: Three Choral Songs on James Joyce (World Premiere),  Washington
     
  • Apr 18
    National Philharmonic at Strathmore: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (World Premiere),  North Bethesda
     
  • May 8
    Santa Clara Chorale: Kohelet - A Cantata in Five Movements (World Premiere),  Santa Clara
     

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Premiering in 2020

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock 

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: A Rhapsody for
Voice and Orchestra


Music by Henry Dehlinger
Words by T.S. Eliot

A sweeping 21st century rhapsody for voice and orchestra, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock was composed especially for Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes. Adapted from the famous poem by T. S. Eliot, it uses the melodic and rhythmic contours of Eliot's stream-of-consciousness narrative to dictate mood and melodic character.

World Premiere: April 18, 2020
The National Philharmonic at Strathmore
Piotr Gajewski, Music Director & Conductor

Instrumentation
Soparno Solo and Orchestra

 

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
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KOHELET: A Cantata in Five Movements 

Kohelet: A Cantata in Five Movements

Music by Henry Dehlinger

Inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and co-commissioned by the Washington Master Chorale and the Santa Clara Chorale, Henry's Kohelet gives you lush, modal melodies, energetic meters, and colorful harmonic textures with Hebrew text drawn from the Book of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs.

World Premiere: May 8, 2020
Santa Clara Chorale and Santa Clara University Choirs, Scot Hanna-Weir, Artistic Director
Thomas Colohan, Conducting

Instrumentation
SATB, Bass-Baritone Solo, Soprano Solo, Brass, Organ, Harp and Percussion.

 

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I. Hakol Havel (All is Vanity)
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