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Songs of the Glass Bead Game : song cycle for counter-tenor and viol consort

by Natalie Williams (2006)

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Performance by Consort Eclectus, Dean Sky-Lucas from the CD Chamber music (1997-2009)

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Chamber music (1997-2009)


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Chamber music (1997-2009) / Natalie Williams.

Library shelf no. CD 2362 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

A song cycle for Counter-Tenor and Gamba Consort, setting the poetry of Peter Henley. These songs are reflections of the life of Magister Ludi, the protagonist from Herman Hesse's Glass Bead Game (Das Glasperlenspiel) novel of 1943.

Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: Counter-tenor, viol consort (treble, alto, tenor, bass).

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Contents note: Life ebbs from life -- The traveller's flute -- I have retreated.

Dedication note: The work and its premiere are dedicated to the memory of Malcolm McIvor, secretary of the British Music Society who sadly passed away in March 2006.

Commission note: Commissioned by British Music Society (Melbourne Chapter).. Commissioned by the British Music Society, Melbourne Chapter as the 2006 Lyrebird Commission.

First performance: by Consort Eclectus, Dean Sky-Lucas — 2 Jul 06. Freemasons Homes, Prahran (Melbourne)


Performances of this work

2 Jul 06: Freemasons Homes, Prahran (Melbourne). Featuring Consort Eclectus, Dean Sky-Lucas.

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