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The Revenge of Hamish
a new recording of choral music by William McClelland

Now available from
Albany Records and
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Albany Records has recently released a recording of choral works by composer William McClelland, The Revenge of Hamish. Performed by the widely acclaimed William Appling Singers & Orchestra, the album includes settings of texts by some of America's finest poets and authors including Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Wilbur, Mary Oliver, e.e. cummings and Conrad Aiken.

Featured are two powerful extended ballads: The Revenge of Hamish by Sidney Lanier, and The Ballad of Don and Dan by Ian Frazier. Hamish is a chilling tale set in the highlands of Scotland which McClelland brings to life with Celtic fiddle, piano and bodhran and traditional jigs and reels. Don and Dan describes a bizarre kidnapping 20 years ago in the mountains of Montana with a text drawn from news items written in the Montana papers at the time. The chorus is accompanied by electric guitar, piano, bass and drums.

Other works include Five Sonnets for Men's Voices, settings of Dante and John Bunyan, and a hymn entitled Collect Pond, undoubtedly the first musical work ever written about the activity of "Bag Snagging," the removal of plastic bags from trees!

The Revenge of Hamish
and Other Choral Works

Song for the Rainy Season
Elizabeth Bishop

The Ballad of Don and Dan
Ian Frazier

Five Sonnets for Men's Voices
Millay, Berryman, Aiken, Cummings, and Wilbur

A Wood
Richard Wilbur

Collect Pond
Thomas McClelland

Wolf Moon
Mary Oliver

Dark Clouds Bring Waters
John Bunyan

The Revenge of Hamish
Sidney Lanier

In That Part of the Young Year
Dante Alighieri

Good Speaking - A Benediction Song
Bill Meikle

McClelland has also produced three other recordings: Wake Ev'ry Breath - Music of William Billings on New World Records, andShall We Gather - Amercian Hymns and Spirituals and Stresses in the Peaceable Kingdom - Music of Richard Wilson on Albany Records.

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