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O, wonder!

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O, wonder! : song cycle for mezzo soprano and orchestra based on Nine antiphons of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) / Becky Llewellyn music and transcriptions ; Barbara Newman fresh English translations from Hildegard's Symphony of the Harmony of

by Becky Llewellyn (1990)

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  • Instrumentation: Mezzo soprano, 2 flutes (doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, percussion (antique cymbals, glockenspiel, tenor drum, triangle, tambourine, suspended cymbal), string orchestra.
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As a woman composer, Becky was keen to find the tap root for women in music. In 1989, she was greatly inspired to find the life and works of Hildegard of Bingen, aided by English translations of the antiphons by Barbara Newman in Symphonia, the Harmony of Celestial Revelations. Becky selected and transposed nine of Hildegard's works into a tone poem for chamber orchestra and mezzo-soprano as a spiritual meditation on music, time, and life. As a composer, Hildegard used the symbolism inherent in pitch and timing to reinforce the Latin words she was setting for the nun's in her monastery. Becky loved the clear communication this provided over 1000 years to her and has skilfully woven Hildegard's melodies through this modern work with English translations of the original words. It has yet to receive an Australian premiere as it was premiered in Tucson Arizona with American mezzo soprano Nancy Davis Booth.

Pages: 1 score (73p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Duration: 17 min.

Contents note:

I. Antiphon for god the father (moderato) -- II. Antiphon for the virgin (allegro) -- III. Antiphon for the holy spirit (andante) -- IV. Antiphon for the redeemer (adagio) -- V. Antiphon for the angels (allegretto) -- VI. Antiphon for the virgin (andantino) -- VIII. Antiphon for divine love (andante con moto) -- IX. Antiphon for god the father (maestoso).

First performance by Catalina Chamber Orchestra, Nancy Davis Booth — 4 May 96. Berger Performing Arts Centre, Tucson Arizona

Available with German text.


This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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Milerum's basket
CD: Milerum's basket / Becky Llewellyn.

O, wonder!
Digital Audio: O, wonder! / Becky Llewellyn ; performed by Catalina Chamber Orchestra, Nancy Davis Booth

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Mezzo-Soprano with string quintet
- Mezzo-Soprano with piano


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