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DIANA BURRELL (b. 1948)Love Song (with Yoga) (2008): Text by Ady Grummet

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 2: Works Written From 2000 Onwards

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780199390960
eISBN:
9780199391011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390960.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter describes Diana Burrell’s Love Song (with Yoga) (2008). A characteristic breath of fresh air, this brief song glories in the physical act of singing, and would make an ideal introduction ... More


STACE CONSTANTINOU (b. 1971)From the Book of Songs (2014): Texts: anonymous Chinese; translated by Arthur Waley

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 2: Works Written From 2000 Onwards

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780199390960
eISBN:
9780199391011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390960.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter looks at Stace Constantinou’s From the Book of Songs (2014). This is a work of haunting originality and quirky memorability by a composer whose imagination and flair are backed up by ... More


BRETT DEAN (b. 1961)Poems and Prayers (2006, revised 2011): Texts by Michael Leunig

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 2: Works Written From 2000 Onwards

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780199390960
eISBN:
9780199391011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390960.003.0019
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter explores Australian musician and composer Brett Dean’s Poems and Prayers (2006, revised 2011). These five songs form a highly distinctive showpiece, containing elements reminiscent of ... More


GRÁINNE MULVEY (b. 1966)Eternity Is Now (2008): Text by Anne Le Marquand Hartigan

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 2: Works Written From 2000 Onwards

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780199390960
eISBN:
9780199391011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390960.003.0050
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter studies Irish composer Gráinne Mulvey’s Eternity Is Now (2008). The performer of this brief piece will need to show considerable accomplishment, in both technique and musicianship, and ... More


DAVID BLAKE (b. 1936)Beata L’Alma (1966): Text by Herbert Read

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1: Works Written Before 2000

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199391028
eISBN:
9780199391073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199391028.003.0014
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter discusses the Beata L’Alma, a short but compelling cantata by David Blake. This is a piece that adheres strictly to the discipline of twelve-tone composition, yet manages to create ... More


ADAM GORB (b. 1958)Wedding Breakfast (1993): Text by the composer

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1: Works Written Before 2000

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199391028
eISBN:
9780199391073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199391028.003.0030
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter describes Wedding Breakfast, a brief dramatic scena by Adam Gorb which can function as a comedic party piece. As a wickedly apt but always respectful and affectionate tribute to Igor ... More


JOHN McCABE (1939–2015)Requiem Sequence (1971): Text from the Requiem Mass (in Latin)

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1: Works Written Before 2000

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199391028
eISBN:
9780199391073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199391028.003.0049
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter explores John McCabe’s Requiem Sequence. This work, by one of Britain's most masterly composer-pianists, was written in memory of conductor Sir John Barbirolli (1899–1970) and composer ... More


ROGER MARSH (b. 1949)A Little Snow (1994): Text by Nicanor Parra, from Canciones Rusas; translated by Miller Williams

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1: Works Written Before 2000

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199391028
eISBN:
9780199391073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199391028.003.0054
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter examines Roger Marsh’s A Little Snow. This fascinating, delicate little piece consistently displays Marsh’s deft touch and innate musicality, which is devoid of pretentiousness. ... More


ANTHONY PAYNE (b. 1936)Evening Land (1981): Text by W. H. Auden (translated from Sven Lagerqvist)

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1: Works Written Before 2000

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199391028
eISBN:
9780199391073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199391028.003.0062
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter considers Anthony Payne's first work for voice and piano—Evening Land. Here, the composer's characteristic language blends elements of the Second Viennese School with echoes of English ... More


THIERRY PÉCOU (b. 1965)Mammal Dreams (1996): Text by A. K. Coope

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1: Works Written Before 2000

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199391028
eISBN:
9780199391073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199391028.003.0063
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter examines Mammal Dreams by Thierry Pécou. The powerful, darkly erotic text is by the Canadian musician and poet A. K. Coope. The chapter shows that the musical idiom is immediately ... More


MEL POWELL (1923–1998)Haiku Settings (1960): Texts: English translations of traditional Japanese haiku (including by Matsuo Basho)

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1: Works Written Before 2000

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199391028
eISBN:
9780199391073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199391028.003.0067
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter explores the work of Mel Powell through a set of miniatures which showcase his polished, distinctive writing. Beautifully presented, the score is a facsimile of the composer's bold, ... More


GEORGE ROCHBERG (1918–2005)Fantasies (1971): Text by Paul Rochberg

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1: Works Written Before 2000

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199391028
eISBN:
9780199391073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199391028.003.0072
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter examines George Rochberg’s Fantasies, written as a present for his wife on their thirtieth wedding anniversary. A set of four haiku-like miniatures for medium voice and piano, Fantasies ... More


RHIAN SAMUEL (b. 1944)The Hare in the Moon (1977): Text from a Japanese folk tale (Ryökan); translated by Geoffrey Bownas and Anthony Thwaite

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1: Works Written Before 2000

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199391028
eISBN:
9780199391073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199391028.003.0075
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter considers the mini-cantata, The Hare in the Moon, by Rhian Samuel. This work skilfully bridges the gap between Eastern and Western styles. Plain parlando writing is contrasted by a rich ... More


NARESH SOHAL (1939–2018)Poems of Tagore I (1970): Text by Rabindranath Tagore

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1: Works Written Before 2000

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199391028
eISBN:
9780199391073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199391028.003.0082
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter introduces a scena composed by Naresh Sohal, which is based on the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore. This piece exerts a powerful appeal, with its arresting blend of Eastern and Western ... More


THOMAS ADÈS (b. 1971)Life Story (1994): Text by Tennessee Williams

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1: Works Written Before 2000

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199391028
eISBN:
9780199391073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199391028.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter discusses Thomas Adès’s Life Story as an unconventional song cycle which lies somewhere between an operatic scena and an extended show song. Although written originally for soprano and ... More


ALISON BAULD (b. 1944)Banquo’s Buried (1982): Texts by Shakespeare

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1: Works Written Before 2000

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199391028
eISBN:
9780199391073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199391028.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter discusses the first of a trilogy of solo scenas from Shakespeare. Although the music may appear simple on the page, it is highly disciplined, and conceived with a clear idea of its ... More


BETSY JOLAS (b. 1926)L’Oeil égaré (1961–2002): Texts by Victor Hugo; English singing translations by the composer

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 2: Works Written From 2000 Onwards

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780199390960
eISBN:
9780199391011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390960.003.0037
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter addresses French-American composer Betsy Jolas’s L’Œil égaré (1961–2002), a powerful cycle written over a wide span of years. In this piece, the composer’s bold, innovative spirit bursts ... More


The Expressive Gesture

Geoffrey Burgess

in The Pathetick Musician: Moving an Audience in the Age of Eloquence

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199373734
eISBN:
9780199373772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373734.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter explains the articulation of musical structures. It defines the gesture as the basic structural element of the Rhetorical style, and stresses the importance of punctuation between ... More


PETER MAXWELL DAVIES (1934–2016)The Medium (1981): Text by the composer

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1: Works Written Before 2000

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199391028
eISBN:
9780199391073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199391028.003.0059
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter presents one of the most substantial works for voice by Peter Maxwell Davies. The piece was written for the late Mary Thomas, whose extraordinary range is here exploited to the full. The ... More


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