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Sheet Music: Score

Europa : for female voice and piano / by Nicholas Routley.

by Nicholas Routley (1997)


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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.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (24p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 12 min.

First performance by Vivian Munday, Nicholas Routley — Sep 97. McLaurin Hall, University of Sydney

Includes text and translation.

Text by Ovid (Metamorphoses, Bk. II) and Jan Kemp.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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