Category:   COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
Composer:   Daniel Pinkham
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   E.C. Schirmer
Edition:   2946
Voicing:   TBB
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Harry A. Mechell
Winona State University 1991
R&R Chair College & University

“Daniel in The Lion’s Den” is a setting for tenor, baritone, bass-baritone soli, SATB chorus, narrator, 2 pianos, 6 percussionists and electronic tape. Parts, score and tape are available for rental from E.C. Schirmer Music Company. As the score’s prefatory notes state, “. . . conceived as a theatre piece . . . it lends itself to a variety of multimedia production possibilities . . concert version . . . opera . . . ballet . . . with slides, lighting, etc . . .” The narrator reads the texts from various sources, including the Bible and John Newton. The vocal writing is rhythmically difficult, and the melodies are often extremely intervalically irregular. Often polymetric, the rhythmic challenges in the setting of the text are often difficult. The three soloists need to have a keen sense of pitch. They sing very dissonant melodies, consisting of unusual intervals with an electronic tape providing a background of sound effects. The instrumentalists must be confident players, as the parts are challenging rhythmically (much poly-metrical writing). They must have a thorough command of their instruments. The six percussionists are necessary to cover all the percussion parts and must be well-rehearsed. Although this twenty minute composition will take extra time to prepare and rehearse, it is very much worth the effort!