Watchmans Report, The

Full title The Watchmans Report for baritone, chorus, and piano / Wächters Botschaft
Date composed 1941
Details Composition completed January 1941; the work is based on Bach's chorale Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme from cantata BWV 140.
Text by John Bowring; translated into German by Vally Weigl.
Vocal range: Bb–f'
Dedication: Dedicated to Germantown Friends School.
Manuscript sources NYPL JPB 78-22, reduced reproduction of holograph clean copy (5 pages), with composer's note at bottom: Dedicated to Germantown Friends School / January 194[1]; and note at end: January 194 [lfinal number missing].
Publication details John Markert and Co., 1955; op. 39 posthumously assigned by publisher.
Availabiity Published score and parts from ACA; published score and photocopy of composer's six-page holograph clean copy from KWF.
Performances (click icon to expand or collapse list)
8 December 1957 Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State University Choral Festival: Ohio State Univerity Chorus, cond. L.H. Diercks, with Betty Lee Brown, piano.
10 December 1961 Thames Hall, Ontario, Canada: University of Western Ontario Choir, cond. Alfred Rosé, with Jean Houston.
22 February 2014 London, Royal College of Music, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Singing a Song in a Foreign Land festival: The Refugee performed by Rose Setten, soprano, and Claire Harris, piano; and The Watchman’s Report performed by Julien van Mellaerts, baritone, Claire Harris, piano, and the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir, cond. Stephen Johns. Also on the program: Robert Kahn, Trio in G minor op. 45; Joseph Horovitz, String Quartet No. 5; Hans Gál, Britische Volkslieder; Ernst Toch, Valse for chorus and percussion; and Hanns Eisler, Little Woodbury Songbook (see