The Crucifixion

(For anyone interested, this recording contains the first recording of David as a very young soloist.)

Free download of this album is available from both this website and from our online store at:

This monophonic amateur recording preserves a historic, performance of John Stainer's The Crucifixion. Two performances were given in spring 1959 by the Annapolis High School choirs (classes of 1959, 60 and 61). (About 41 minutes in length.) A limited edition, private, monophonic vintage, historic, record of the original 1959 performance was made by editing together the amateur, consumer quality raw tape recordings of the 2 live 1959 performances of this unique arrangement.

The truly wonderful, uncommon arrangement was created by the choral director, Robert F. Kunkle, using two women's choirs in place of soloists, to perform most of the recitatives and arias. The result is truly unique, creating a much more choral performance than scored by Stainer. (For additional color, Mr. Kunkle used a small group of students from the mixed choir to sing several small solos Stainer's score indicated as being by choir members.)

Notes. Because this amateur, monaural recording was made using then available late 1950's consumer grade recording equipment, it's fidelity is restricted by capabilities of that era's consumer grade equipment.

In December of 2022, based on the provision that copyright expires 70 years after the death of the last person associated with the publication, that meant the score would become public domain the beginning of 2023. Thus, TortoiseClimbing Audio™ had the 1959 monophonic record digitized and TortoiseClimbing Audio™ mastered and restored this recording for free distribution. Those processes included:

NOTE. Calculation of the date for the score becoming Public Domain was based on the copyright provision that the score becomes Public Domain 70 years after death of the last person associated with creation of the score. For The Crucifixion, that is the beginning of January 2023, thus authorizing TortoiseClimbing Audio™ to make copies of the recording of this score by the AHS choirs available for free audio file download.

CORRECTIONS - Later research regarding U.S. copyright turned up that all works published in the United States before 1924 are in the Public Domain. To make a guestimate when that might have become true for The Crucifixion, we made the following assumption. Namely, works published after 1923, but before 1978 are protected for 95 years from the date of publication, with no consideration of death of creators. [Assuming that U.S. provision of 95 years applied to a work published in 1887 (i.e., before 1923), The Crucifixion, became Public Domain in 1982.]

However, The Crucifixion is not a U.S. publication, it is UK. European copyright, as adopted in Great Britain in 1996, seems to parallel U.S. law, for post 1978. However, in Europe the provision applies to works published before 1978 as well. Based on that, the 2023 date for The Crucifixion is the accurate determination, i.e., 70 years after the 1952 death of the librettist, W J Sparrow Simpson the younger.

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