The last days of Socrates : for bass-baritone, SATB chorus and orchestra
by Brett Dean and Graeme Ellis (2012)
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The last days of Socrates : for bass-baritone, SATB chorus and orchestra / music: Brett Dean ; text: Graeme William Ellis.
Library shelf no. Q 782.554/DEA 1 [Available for loan]
Instrumentation: 3 flutes (1st & 3rd doubling piccolo, 2nd doubling alto flute), 3 oboes (3rd doubling cor anglais), 4 clarinets (3rd also bass clarinet, 4th also doublebass clarinet), 3 bassoons (3rd also contra-bassoon), 6 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (5 players), harp, piano/celesta, (two different pianos are required: a concert grand piano and an upright piano which features a super sordino or practice pedal), electric guitar, accordion, classical accordion (RH button keyboard with free bass), 6 solo violins (to be taken from Violins I and II), strings.
Contents note: Part I. Prelude (Goddess Athena) -- Part II. Apology (The Trial) -- Part III. Phaedo (“The Hemlock Cup”).
Commission note: Commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunkchor Berlin.. Commissioned by the Rundfunkchor-Berlin with its chief conductor Simon Halsey in partnership with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Sir Andrew Davis, Chief Conductor) and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Awards & Prizes
|2014||Art Music Awards: Performance of the Year||Winner||Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Simone Young, Peter Coleman-Wright soloist for performance at Simone Young conducts Mahler & Dean (Robert Blackwood Concert Hall) on 26 Jul 2013|
|2014||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral||Finalist||Brett Dean|
|2013||Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize||Highly Commended||Brett Dean|
Resonate article: Paul Lowin Prizes 2013 - finalists announced by Australian Music Centre
Resonate article: 2013 Lowin Prize winners: Elliott Gyger and Nigel Westlake by Australian Music Centre
Performances of this work
11 Oct 2018: at Sydney Symphony Orchestra: The Last Days of Socrates (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall). Featuring Peter Coleman-Wright, Brett Dean, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
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