The Longfellow Chorus of Portland, Maine, USA, was founded in 2006 with a mission to perform and record vocal and choral settings of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poetry, written from 1840 to the present, inspire and commission new vocal and choral settings of Longfellow's poetry, and perform choral music of the Romantic and immediate post-Romantic eras, ca. 1825–1920.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, born in Portland, Maine on February 27th, 1807, left a remarkable musical legacy behind him, and he continues to inspire contemporary composers. Since 2006, The Longfellow Chorus, through its annual late-February Longfellow Birthday Choral Festival, has performed and recorded stunning Victorian cantata settings of Longfellow texts by Franz Liszt, Edward Elgar, Arthur Sullivan and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Additionally -- who would have known? -- we have performed and recorded the first student compositions (Opus 1) of Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, Randall Thompson and Benjamin Britten -- all Longfellow settings. Beyond the hundreds of period art songs and choruses, The Longfellow Chorus is expanding its Longfellow repertory through its annual Longfellow Chorus International Composers Competition. Since 2008, The Longfellow Chorus International Composers Competition has premiered over sixty new cantata, choral and solo song settings of Longfellow poems, all winners of our competition.
For more information about The Longfellow Chorus visit http://www.longfellowchorus.com/