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Moonless night : for solo soprano and orchestra

by Lorenzo Alvaro (2015)

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Work Overview

All three movements presented in this edition are part of a larger song cycle titled Moonless Night, which is based on the famous radio play Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. This version with soprano and 2 pianos is mostly a reduction of the orchestral version, even though some parts within the work have been recomposed or embellished slightly.

The text used in both of these movements come from the introduction of Under Milk Wood, where a narrator (in this case, the soprano) opens us up to the world of Thomas's imaginary Welsh town of Llareggub.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons (doubling contrabassoon), 4 French horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 performers), harp, solo soprano, strings.

Duration: 26 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Achievable for an orchestra consisting of semi-professional musicians and a soprano of professional quality.

First performance: by University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Orchestra, Prudence Hare, Fabian Russell — Melbourne Recital Centre


Performances of this work

Unknown date: Melbourne Recital Centre. Featuring University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Orchestra, Prudence Hare, Fabian Russell.

27 Nov 14: Melba Hall, University of Melbourne. Featuring Prudence Hare, Rhodri Clarke, Simon Bruckard.

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