Entries by Kevin Cheng

Uģis Prauliņš’ Missa Rigensis: Here we go again!

On 16 March 2013, The Learners Chorus presented the Asian premiere of Missa Rigensis, an a cappella mass by Latvian composer Uģis Prauliņš, written in 2002 for the Riga Cathedral Boys Choir.  Back then, we performed the piece at the School Hall of Sheng Kung Hui Tang Shiu Kin Secondary School in Wan Chai, in our concert titled “Masters for the Choir“.  […]

Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms: A messy premiere situation

This symphony composed to the glory of GOD is dedicated to the “Boston Symphony Orhcestra” on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary – thus was Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms dedicated. The Symphony was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for their 50th anniversary project, for a sweet US$6,000 (in 1930 dollars. Adjusting for inflation that […]

Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony: Dedicated to… oh he died.

Composers often dedicate their works.  Most of the time the dedicatee would be members of the aristocracy, kings, wealthy patrons and the like, hoping for their support for the composers’ music.  Sometimes, however, the dedicatee would be friends or peers.  Rachmaninoff famously dedicated his second piano concerto to Nikolai Dahl who helped him with his […]