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Sheet Music: Score

The circumnavigator : a chamber opera in 2 acts / words and music by Frederick Hill.

by Fred Hill (1982)

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  • Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass-baritone, deep bass, spoken part, SATB choir, piano reduction.
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The giant shadow of Benjamin Britten was hard to escape at the time for anyone attempting opera in English. The parallels with Peter Grimes were noted by some observers. However in planning the vast psychological canvas I took care not to create obstacles to performance, using a reduced orchestra and chorus and a mostly accessible harmonic style, with some jazz and rock undertones.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (698p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 165 min.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Diana Lawrence (Wend)
Commission info: N/A

First performance by Opera Mode, Raffæle Marcellino — 18 Jul 87. Elizabethan Trust Theatre, East Sydney

Recreation of a true incident in which a yachtsman enters a solo round-the-world race and disappears. Examination of the journals aboard his abandoned boat reveals that he has faked his log-books and lost contact with reality. The expectations of the other characters, including his wife, commit him to his fraudulent master-plan, which is not exposed until the end.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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Score: The circumnavigator : an opera in two acts with a prologue [vocal score] / words and music by Frederick R. Hill.

Selected compositions 1972-1990
CD: Selected compositions 1972-1990 / Freddie Hill

Libretto: The circumnavigator / [Frederick Hill].


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