Composer Henry Dehlinger

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Contemporary classical music composer HENRY DEHLINGER has completed his latest opus: THE LOVE SONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFROCK, a brand-new setting of T. S. Eliot’s (1888-1965) seminal poem, celebrated as one of the great inventions of the modern literary imagination.

Prufrock is reimagined in this sweeping rhapsody for voice and orchestra that suggests the symphonic American vernacular of composers like Howard Hanson, Samuel Barber, and Leonard Bernstein. Dehlinger combines engaging vocal and instrumental textures with contrasting moods and colors to complement Eliot’s stream of consciousness narrative.
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To bring Prufrock to life on the concert stage, Dehlinger makes judicious use of polystylism, a growing trend in 21st century music in which elements from diverse musical genres or styles are combined:

“I started the work by sketching out discernable themes and recurring motifs,” Dehlinger explains, “pulling together elements from different musical styles that best reflected the emotional responses I wanted to elicit. Then I weaved these melodic and harmonic fragments into a coherent aural experience..."

Henry Dehlinger looks forward to 2018

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As 2018 approaches, composer HENRY DEHLINGER is putting the finishing touches on The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. His latest work will be published before year's end with conductor's score, parts, and vocal score available sometime mid-December. A rhapsody for high voice and orchestra, it is Dehlinger's largest work yet.

Dehlinger published a number of other original compositions in 2017: A Dream, set to a poem by Edgar Allan Poe which he wrote for his friend and celebrated United States Army Chorus bass and enlisted conductor, MSG Kerry Wilkerson; Fragrance, with lyrics by Mark Riddles; and Requiescat: A “Wilde Stride” for Soprano and Piano, a classical-blues crossover set to a poem by Oscar Wilde.

2018 promises to be an exciting year as Dehlinger begins writing a brand-new choral work. Entitled Kohelet, it is an adaptation of the Book of Ecclesiastes in three movements to be sung in Hebrew. It is intended to be a companion piece to Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms...

Danielle Talamantes Premieres Dehlinger's The Mount

SOPRANO DANIELLE TALAMANTES
Composer and pianist HENRY DEHLINGER today announced the upcoming world premiere of his new orchestral setting of The Mount on October 23, 2016 at the Manchester Symphony Orchestra's opening concert of its 78th season featuring soprano soloist Danielle Talamantes with Maestro Scott Humphries conducting. Commissioned by The Casement Fund, The Mount was originally composed as an art song for voice and piano with lyrics by poet Mark Riddles.

Dehlinger also premieres his brand-new arrangement of Almighty God Has Those Angels by Duke Ellington, scored for soprano solo, mixed chorus, and full orchestra. The Manchester Symphony Chorale joins Talamantes and the orchestra with Dehlinger at the piano. The concert will be held at Manchester University's Cordier Auditorium in North Manchester, Indiana...

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