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Jean à Jean : song cycle for baritone and piano / music by Gordon Kerry ; poems by Jean Cocteau.
by Gordon Kerry (2015)
French writer, artist and film-maker, Jean Cocteau was a serious insomniac, so penned these billets-doux while his lover, Jean Marais got his eight hours, and slipped them under the door for Marais to find of a morning.
Of the many poems, Robert Mitchell selected a number for me to set in which deep, erotic love is represented by imagery drawn from art - painted portraits, temple architecture and sculpture, out of which we chose seven. Naturally the work owes a great debt to the music of Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and others.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (25p. -- A4 (portrait))
Duration: 16 min.
Prélude -- La colonne -- L’or à la feuille -- Le mauvais tapis volant -- Le portrait -- Le pur-sang rétif -- Le soleil noir.
Includes programme notes, copy of text in French, and copy of text in English (translated by Robert Mitchell and Linda Barcan).
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