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Jerry Kracht

Choral Music : Large Ensemble

Sound Leads O’er All

“Sound Leads O’er All,” for solo baritone voice, SATB choir, piano and string orchestra, sets to music lines from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass (1855)Whitman’s poems, music in themselves, are also filled with musical references both surprisingly explicit and hauntingly spiritual. This setting, composed in 2012 for pianist-composer William Doppmann just before his death, traces Whitman’s joy in music from early discovery to eventual realization that, of all the senses that lead to his soul, indeed,“sound leads o’er all the rest.”  The work, approximately 11 minutes in duration, was premiered at Pacific Lutheran University on October 14, 2014, the composer conducting.    

Sound Leads O’er All

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Full Score$50
String Orchestra Parts 8/6/5/4/3$45

Instrumental Music

Three Sketches for Wind Quintet

Three Sketches for Wind Quintet was written in 2013. Its three short movements are connected in a traditional fast-slow-fast sequence.  The first, ”Rowed Race,” is indeed constructed on a twelve-tone row and proceeds in race-like fashion to ever-mounting tension.  The wheels finally come off on a unison B-flat, which leads directly into the calmer, more song-like and tonal pathways of the “Reverie.” When this dream-like detour comes to its end, a sustained unison, once again, finds another B-flat to launch the “Romp” as it dashes for home, recalling materials from the first two sketches along the way.  The whole trip takes just shy of 12 minutes. Dedicated to the Camas Wind Quintet of Pacific Lutheran University, the work was premiered there by Camas on February 25, 2014.

Three Sketches for Wind Quintet

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Full Score$35.00
Parts$30.00

Vocal Music

A Poem for E[rin]mily

A Poem forE[rin]mily, for flute, clarinet and mezzo-soprano, is composed on a text by the late American poet Miller Williams (1930-2015).  Williams’ “A Poem for Emily” (1986) caught the composer’s attention for the sweet father-daughter sentiments it expresses and because the distance in years between the father and daughter in the poem—fifty-three—matches perfectly the difference in ages between the composer and his daughter Erin (hence the title of this musical tribute).  Hints of atonality mix with tonal underpinnings as the music follows the father’s touching contemplations at the birth of his daughter and their lives to come. The composer’s choice of mezzo-soprano (even though the text is from the father’s perspective) holds personal significance, as does the choice of flute and clarinet.  Performance time is a little less than seven minutes.  The score is notated at concert pitch and comes with parts for flute and clarinet in B-flat.

A Poem for E[rin]mily

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Full Score/ Parts$20.00
PDF Version$12.00

Jerry Kracht
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JERRY KRACHT (b.1941) is emeritus professor of music at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington where he conducted the University Symphony Orchestra and taught clarinet for thirty-three years, and was also a founding member of the Camas Wind Quintet and the Regency Concert Series there.  In addition, he served for twenty-five years as artistic director and clarinetist of the Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma. Since retiring from those positions in 2001 and 2007, respectively, he has concentrated on composing and arranging, with original works for band, orchestra, choir, and various chamber ensembles now to his credit, along with numerous chamber ensemble arrangements and transcriptions. His works have been performed at Pacific Lutheran University, Second City Chamber Series, the Methow Music Festival, the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle, Trinity Reformation Festival Lynnwood, and over Classical KING-FM 98.1, Seattle. Originally from Iowa, he attended the University of Iowa where he earned bachelor of music and master of arts degrees in clarinet performance and a doctor of musical arts degree in orchestral conducting.  His teachers there included Thomas Ayers (clarinet) and James Dixon (conducting). He now resides in Sammamish, Washington. 

Many of the Composers published by Ars Nova Press® have numerous publications available from other publishing houses. Although these works are not available from Ars Nova Press®, we have compiled a list of these publications in an effort to promote our composers and their works.

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