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Il Poverello

Sheet Music: Score

Il Poverello : St. Francis of Assisi, a saint for our times / Betty Beath.

by Betty Beath (2010)

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  • Instrumentation: Mandolin Orchestra (1st & 2nd mandolins, mandola, acoustic guitar); Instrumental Ensemble (flute, cello, double bass, percussion.) Choir. Two soloists (tenor, soprano). Narrator.
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Poverello is a 45-minute music theatre piece describing events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi highlighted by spoken narration and visuals linked to the music. Described by the conductor Nathan Aspinall as "a wonderful soundscape that animates the fascinating character of St. Francis and explores Francis the person and his message of love and peace, his affinity with nature and his devotion to simplicity of life".

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (106p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 45 mins

Commission info: Commissioned by Mandolin in Brisbane for performance by The Queensland Mandolin Orchestra

First performance by Queensland Mandolin Orchestra , Alexandra Chorale at Garlands (St John's Cathedral, Brisbane) on 1 Oct 2010

Includes libretto.

The composer cites the following influences on the work:

The style, genre and influences have all been closely related to the text and therefore are contrasted to reflect character(s) and situations: Art song, Music Theatre, Plainsong, and Instrumental Interludes are evident in this work.

Pianist and writer, Valerie Dickson reviewing the work wrote: "Poverello is special, a landmark taking us into another era in the life of the composer. With the many different moods, rhythms, lush harmonies, great melodies, sounds and scenes, it is moving, inspiring, simplistic, humorous, joyful, dramatic, spiritual, mature and kept us interested throughout."

There is a Powerpoint presentation to accompany the performance: Drawings illustrating the life of St Francis by the Late Rev. David Binns

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-67309-916-6

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