Sheet Music: Score
KURSK : an oratorio requiem / music: David Chisholm ; poetry: Anzhelina Polonskaya.
by David Chisholm (2011)
KURSK: An Oratorio Requiem is a musical memorial to the men who lost their lives on August 12th, 2000, when the Russian submarine KURSK sank in the Barents Sea.
KURSK takes formal vestiges and conditions from both oratorio and requiem. Composed for forces of Bass-Baritone and Soprano soloists, 8 voice male consort and chamber orchestra of 27 featuring solo ¼ tone Flugel Horn, KURSK draws on oratorios marked differentiation from opera - that of limited character development and interaction. An orchestral overture, a signature device of oratorio (and often opera) appears as a virtuosic ¼ tone Flugelhorn concerto for Tristram Williams, splintered across KURSK as a series of instrumental ruptures.
From requiem KURSK draws on the mood and intent of a mass for the departed, as well as its flexible multi-movement structure. KURSK is secular in its text, yet sacred in its intent. KURSK is sung in Russian, its text drawn selectively from the oeuvre of Anzhelina Polonskaya, and sequentially built to suit the musico-dramaturgical needs of the oratorio requiem in consultation and collaboration with this internationally lauded poet. The central soloist is The Sailor (Bass-Baritone), who is framed and supported by a consort of eight solo male voices. The musical language of KURSK weaves echo threads of Ural, Cossack, and Russian musical antecedents, across a neomodernist orchestral frame. Appearing through the work with ever increasing proximity is the offstage Siren (Soprano). She appears onstage at the end of the work as Angel, breaking the dark tone of the work with a bleak ambivalence.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (337p. -- A3 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Virtuosic writing across all instruments and singers
Duration: 1 hours, 35 mins
1. Song of the Fallen Heroes -- 2. Lacrimosa dies illa -- 3. Ship of the Universe -- 4. Tuba, mirum spargens sonum -- 5. A Bar, Soldiers and Death -- 6. Quantus tremor est futurus -- 7. The Gale -- 8. Quem patronum rogaturus, cum vix justus sit securus? -- 9. Deathsquad Doctor -- 10. The sea has neither swans nor bedrooms -- 11. Atlantica -- 12. In paradisum deducant te Angeli -- 13. Woman and Ship -- 14. Into nowhere, into no love, into the golden rye -- 15. For I am the sea.
Includes notes on preparation of the piano, and libretto (in Russian), with English translation by Andrew Wachtel.
This edition produced 2016.
Analysis & Media
Be the first to share your thoughts, opinions and insights about this item.
To post a comment please login