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Songs of the Glass Bead Game

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Songs of the Glass Bead Game : song cycle for counter-tenor and viol consort / Natalie Williams ; settings of text by Peter Henley, after the 'Glass bead game' by Herman Hesse.

by Natalie Williams (2006)

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  • Instrumentation: Counter-tenor, viol consort (treble, alto, tenor, bass).
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Consort Eclectus, Dean Sky-Lucas from the CD Chamber music (1997-2009)


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A song cycle for Counter-Tenor and Gamba Consort, setting the poetry of Peter Henley. These songs are reflections of the life of Magister Ludi, the protagonist from Herman Hesse's Glass Bead Game (Das Glasperlenspiel) novel of 1943.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 5 performance parts (22p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 13 mins, 30 sec.

Contents note:

Life ebbs from life -- The traveller's flute -- I have retreated.

Dedication note: The work and its premiere are dedicated to the memory of Malcolm McIvor, secretary of the British Music Society who sadly passed away in March 2006.
Commission info: Commissioned by the British Music Society, Melbourne Chapter as the 2006 Lyrebird Commission.

First performance by Consort Eclectus, Dean Sky-Lucas — 2 Jul 06. Freemasons Homes, Prahran (Melbourne)

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