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Carmen Perpetuum

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Carmen Perpetuum : for solo oboe / Anne Cawrse.

by Anne Cawrse (2022)


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'Carmen Perpetuum' is a 21st century companion work to Benjamin Britten's seminal 1956 work Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. Each movement is approximately 4 minutes duration, and may be performed individually or as a set.

1. Arachne: whose prodigious talent incensed Minerva and made transparent the true nature of the gods, resulting in her shame and transformation.

2. Actaeon: who, steered by a pitiless fate, angered the goddess Diana and must attempt to outrun his own misfortune.

3. Semele: whose foolish and naive desire to see and be seen by her immortal lover brings about her own destruction.

4. Callisto: who is deceived and defiled by Jove, shamed by Diana, and further punished and made mute by Juno, before finally finding solace in the stars.

5. Pygmalion: who refuses to succumb to the allure of any woman, until he is able to procure one of his own making.

6. Daphne: whose strength and beauty provoke unwanted desire in Apollo, forcing her to flee.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (18p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 24 min.

Contents note:

I. Arachne -- II. Actaeon -- III. Semele -- IV. Callisto -- V. Pygmalion -- VI. Daphne.

Dedicated to Celia Craig

Commissioned by Celia Craig.

First performance by Celia Craig — 19 Aug 23. St Peters Cathedral, Adelaide SA

Includes program and performance notes.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Britten 'Six Metamorphoses after Ovid'

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 9 Jan 23.

ISMN: 979-0-72026-427-1

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