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.

Join Our Mailing ListAfter the new year, Dehlinger joins Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes in El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico for a recital series hosted by El Paso Pro Musica. Dedicated to promoting the art of chamber music in the communities it serves, El Paso Pro Musica is led by artistic director and GRAMMY winner, Zuill Bailey, widely celebrated as one of the premier cellists in the world. They will perform works by Enrique Granados, Joaquin Turina, Duke Ellington, and Henry Dehlinger.

Nothing could be more appropriate than to conclude this year with a new year's toast made by T. S. Eliot, famed Anglo-American poet and playwright who created the words of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock:

For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.

-- T. S. Eliot

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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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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