Henry Dehlinger looks forward to 2018

As 2018 approaches, Henry Dehlinger is back at work on a brand-new cantata for soprano, bass-baritone, mixed choir, and orchestra. Dehlinger’s Kohelet, which means “Teacher” or “Preacher” in Hebrew, is based on the Hebrew text from the Book of Ecclesiastes. Conceived by the composer as a companion piece to Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, it is being written for a Washington, DC choral group. Looking back at 2017, Dehlinger’s creative output included: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, a sweeping rhapsody for voice and orchestra with text by T. S. Eliot; A Dream, set to a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, which Dehlinger composed for his friend and celebrated United States Army Chorus bass-baritone, 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...

Composer Henry Dehlinger

Henry Dehlinger today announced the publication of his latest opus: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. T. S. Eliot's (1888-1965) poetic masterpiece is reimagined by the composer as a sweeping rhapsody that suggests the symphonic American vernacular of composers like Howard Hanson, Samuel Barber, and Leonard Bernstein. Dehlinger wrote Prufrock for the expressive lyric voice of his friend and recording collaborator, Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes (although a tenor or countertenor could also perform the work). As a dramatic monologue, it requires a singer who is present in what is being said, one with a broad dynamic range and flair for dramatic interpretation...

Danielle Talamantes Premieres Dehlinger's The Mount

Composer 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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2019-2020 Premieres

  • 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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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

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

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


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