Interest Grows in a Master of Choral Mystery and Power

    Swiss composer Frank Martin’s works are finding new advocates in the United States, among them the conductor Joe Miller, who lead the Mass at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C., joined by his Westminster Choir.

    While Martin’s instrumental pieces are occasionally heard in America, his choral music remains rare. His Requiem, which was given its premiere by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in 1973, has been presented only once in this country, according to its publisher, Universal Edition. But interest is growing.

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    1. The Frank Martin Mass has LONG had an advocate in Dr. Lawrence Doebler, formerly of Ithaca College. He performed the work multiple times beginning in 1989, to my experience.

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