Young T. J.
collected by Thomas Jefferson
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Comments: Neely Bruce, composer and Professor of Music and American Studies at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, offers up 10 exuberant settings of quotations collected by the young Thomas Jefferson in his personal Commonplace book.
Premiered on April 13, 1993, the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson, this 12-minute set for unaccompanied male chorus was heard at Monticello, the Jefferson Memorial (with President and Mrs. Clinton in attendance), at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, and broadcast on the NBC Today show, NPR’s Performance Today, and Voice of America. Young T. J. was commissioned by the Virginia Glee Club, John Liepold, director.
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