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A Day for Dancing: The Life and Music of Lloyd Pfautsch by Kenneth W. Hart

By Kenneth W. Hart

After incomes his theology measure from Union Seminary in long island, Lloyd Pfautsch (1921–2003) chanced on his real calling in church tune. He used to be invited to Southern Methodist college in 1958 to begin their graduate application in sacred song and remained there for 34 years. open air the college, he shaped the Dallas Civic refrain and led it for 25 years. He was once nationally recognized for his undertaking and the standard of the musicians he produced in addition to for his compositions, lots of that are illustrated the following together with his handwritten notations.

this can be the 1st biography of this crucial determine, and it really is advised from the perspective of an established colleague and buddy. Aligned with the biography, Kenneth W. Hart analyzes a few of Pfautsch's enormous quantities of compositions. this can be the definitive paintings on essentially the most influential American choral musicians of the 20th century.

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Pfautsch, Washington, Missouri, at the altar of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bertha. The Reverend Mr. George B. Eschenbacher, pastor of St. Paul’s Church, officiated, prompting the vows for the double ring ceremony. The lengthy article also lists the rest of the music for the ceremony. Miss Elsie Berge, of Minneapolis, played “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and Bist Bei Du Mir by Bach as well as other organ selections. John Herseth, brother of the bride, sang Franck’s “O Lord Most Holy” and Beethoven’s Ich Liebe Dich.

Later on, Pfautsch discovered, rehearsals became more professional and ultimately it was strictly professional on tour. “I had former stu- dents in the touring choirs and their experience was much different 44 o A Day for Dancing from mine. ” Pfautsch had particularly fond memories of recording the first Christmas carol album with Shaw. ” The earlier group did enjoy singing the carols and that is what comes across, even though they were all professionals, too. ” It was not only one of the first carol albums, it is still one of the most popular.

Parker came to the Collegiate Chorale through a side door. She was married to Tommy Pyle, one of the early members of the chorale and soon a successful choral contractor for Shaw and other professional New York ensembles. Fresh out of undergraduate school, Parker began attending rehearsals with her husband. She still laughs about her audition for the Collegiate Choral. She had no vocal training when she came to New York, but did have an outstanding ear for choral sounds and was blessed with phenomenal pitch accuracy.

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