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Catharsis : three poems for unaccompanied chorus

by Helen Gifford (2001)



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Catharsis : three poems for unaccompanied chorus / Helen Gifford

Library shelf no. 782.55547/GIF 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

A setting of three poems that have in common the regeneration of the human spirit after devastation and loss: Anna Akhmatova in 1921 in Saint Petersburg after the Revolution, Kathleen Raine in London in the early 1940s during the blitz, and Elizabeth Riddell in Australia also in World War II.

Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: SSAATTBB choir with soloists.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Everything is plundered -- London revisited -- The soldier in the park.

Commission note: Commissioned by Astra Chamber Music Society, Astra Choir.

First performance: by Astra Choir — 16 Dec 01.

Song texts from poems: 'Everything is plundered' by Anna Akhmatova ; 'London revisited' by Kathleen Raine ; 'The soldier in the park' by Elizabeth Riddell.


Performances of this work

16 Dec 01: featuring Astra Choir.

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