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Gethsemane : for 6 voices, narrator, soprano saxophone, percussion and electronica

by Gerard Brophy (2010)

30 years of song

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30 years of song / The Song Company.

Library shelf no. CD 2598 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

The work draws not only on the ancient story but also on Brophy's familiarity and deep fascination with India, where he spends part of each year. It includes five narratives by Brophy. They describe an arc from pre-dawn to night, and from birth to death, on the streets of Calcutta. The talk alternates with singing of traditional texts, in Portuguese, English and Hindi.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: 2 Sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, soprano saxophone, 2 percussion and electronica.

Duration: 57 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Prologue -- Aba Pai -- The Cobra -- How lonely sits the City -- Ballygunge Phari -- O Lord, my eyes flow with tears -- Marble Palace -- Is this the City -- Mahatma Ghandi Road -- I am one who has seen -- Shanagar Ghat -- O Prema aiega.

Dedication note: Dedicated to the memory of Peter Carey

Commission note: Commissioned by Song Company.

First performance: by Song Company — Mar 10. City Recital Hall, Sydney

Videos

Gethemane - in rehearsal

2010 Season development. Our Easter production - Gethsemane is a major new work composed by Gerard Brophy and commissioned by The Song Company. Join us behind the scenes in creative development with our artistic partners: Synergy Percussion, Martin del Amo (dance) and Christina Leonard (saxophones). Artistic Director - Roland Peelman.

 

Performances of this work

31 Mar 2010: at Gethsemane (City Recital Hall Angel Place). Featuring Roland Peelman, Christina Leonard, Synergy Percussion, Song Company.

27 Mar 2010: at Gethsemane (Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre). Featuring Song Company, Synergy Percussion, Christina Leonard, Roland Peelman.

25 Mar 2010: at Gethsemane (Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall). Featuring Song Company, Synergy Percussion, Christina Leonard, Roland Peelman.

24 Mar 2010: at Gethsemane (Chevalier College). Featuring Song Company, Synergy Percussion, Christina Leonard, Roland Peelman.

22 Mar 2010: at Gethsemane (Wollongong Art Gallery). Featuring Song Company, Synergy Percussion, Christina Leonard, Roland Peelman.

21 Mar 2010: at Gethsemane (Albert Hall, Canberra). Featuring Roland Peelman, Christina Leonard, Synergy Percussion, Song Company.

Mar 10: City Recital Hall, Sydney. Featuring Song Company.

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