Gethsemane : for 6 voices, narrator, soprano saxophone, percussion and electronica
by Gerard Brophy (2010)
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The work draws not only on the ancient story but also on Brophy's familiarity and deep fascination with India, where he spends part of each year. It includes five narratives by Brophy. They describe an arc from pre-dawn to night, and from birth to death, on the streets of Calcutta. The talk alternates with singing of traditional texts, in Portuguese, English and Hindi.
Instrumentation: 2 Sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, soprano saxophone, 2 percussion and electronica.
Duration: 57 min.
Contents note: Prologue -- Aba Pai -- The Cobra -- How lonely sits the City -- Ballygunge Phari -- O Lord, my eyes flow with tears -- Marble Palace -- Is this the City -- Mahatma Ghandi Road -- I am one who has seen -- Shanagar Ghat -- O Prema aiega.
Dedication note: Dedicated to the memory of Peter Carey
Commission note: Commissioned by The Song Company.
First performance: by The Song Company — Mar 10. City Recital Hall, Sydney
Gethemane - in rehearsal
2010 Season development. Our Easter production - Gethsemane is a major new work composed by Gerard Brophy and commissioned by The Song Company. Join us behind the scenes in creative development with our artistic partners: Synergy Percussion, Martin del Amo (dance) and Christina Leonard (saxophones). Artistic Director - Roland Peelman.
Performances of this work
Mar 10: City Recital Hall, Sydney. Featuring The Song Company.
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