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Europa : cantata for soprano and piano

by Nicholas Routley (1997)



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Europa : for female voice and piano / by Nicholas Routley.

Library shelf no. 783.654/ROU 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The cantata is intensely erotic in nature and subject. The first of its three movements is a setting of the passage in Ovid's Metamorphoses which deals with the seduction of Europa by Jupiter disguised as a bull. The second is a setting of part of a poem by the New Zealand poet Jan Kemp, written from the point of view of a woman about her lover decpicted as a bull. The third, which uses an ancient Syrian chant (the seduction took place on the coast of Syria), returns, post coitum, to fragments of the Ovid text.

Work Details

Year: 1997

Instrumentation: Soprano, piano.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Vivian Munday, Nicholas Routley — Sep 97. McLaurin Hall, University of Sydney

Text by Ovid (Metamorphoses, Bk. II) and Jan Kemp.


Performances of this work

Sep 97: McLaurin Hall, University of Sydney. Featuring Vivian Munday, Nicholas Routley.

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