Europa : cantata for soprano and piano
by Nicholas Routley (1997)
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Library shelf no. 783.654/ROU 1 [Available for loan]
The cantata is intensely erotic in nature and subject. The first of its three movements is a setting of the passage in Ovid's Metamorphoses which deals with the seduction of Europa by Jupiter disguised as a bull. The second is a setting of part of a poem by the New Zealand poet Jan Kemp, written from the point of view of a woman about her lover decpicted as a bull. The third, which uses an ancient Syrian chant (the seduction took place on the coast of Syria), returns, post coitum, to fragments of the Ovid text.
Instrumentation: Soprano, piano.
Duration: 12 min.
Text by Ovid (Metamorphoses, Bk. II) and Jan Kemp. Includes text and translation.
- In the form/style of: Cantatas
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