The third planet : Cantata for solo voices, speaker, SATB choir and instrumental ensemble
by Martin Friedel (1995)
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The Third Planet is the second of my four 'science' cantatas. The text used are drawn and adapted from a wide variety of historical, mythical and scientific narratives, and have been distilled to a series of 'telling' fragments, about the ancient pre-occupations of astronomy, the night sky, the dreams of flying and, modern physics. This journey has culminated has in the exploration of space and land on the moon. It also and gave us the remarkable images of our small earth the vast, black cosmos…proof , if we needed it of our importance and our insignificance..
These themes are explored in the introduction to the score.
Instrumentation: Solo soprano, solo baritone, speaker (optional), SATB choir, clarinet in B flat, timpani, piano, 2 violins, cello.
Duration: 51 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Astra Chamber Music Society.. The composer was supported by the award of the Jacobena Angliss Fellowship
First performance: by John McCaughey, Merlyn Quaife, John Cummins, Jan Friedl, Briar Goessi, Elizabeth Sellars, Rosanne Hunt, Craig Hill, John Arcaro, Kim Bastin, Astra Choir — 16 Dec 95. Gasworks Theatre, Melbourne
The structure of The Third Planet consists of three interwined cycles : choral pieces with texts adapted from Ovid, Galileo, Bruno and Kepler : Songs for soprano and baritone with texts adapted from the thoughts and reflections of late 20th century astro and cosmonauts: and, short instrumental solo pieces, meditations on the mysterious and abstract world of physics.
- In the form/style of: Cantatas
Performances of this work
16 Dec 95: Gasworks Theatre, Melbourne. Featuring John McCaughey, Merlyn Quaife, John Cummins, Jan Friedl, Briar Goessi, Elizabeth Sellars, Rosanne Hunt, Craig Hill, John Arcaro, Kim Bastin, Astra Choir.
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