April brings us a selection of works for ensemble, solo instruments, orchestra and an opera by Aleksandra Vrebalov.
concertante for sopranino recorder and string septet
The Shoreline of the title is the East Coast of Papa Westray in Orkney where I have a cottage right on the edge of the shore and I can hear and see Fulmars, Oyster Catchers, Sanderlings and Seals all moving within the tangle of Sea weed and Flagstone Reefs And a few (very few) human voices passing on the road remind one of the utter peace of the island.
for solo alto flute
A desire path (or desire line) is “an informal path that pedestrians prefer to take to get from one location to another rather than using a sidewalk or other official route”.
The original version of this work is for Kingma System alto flute. It was revised in March 2021 , as Version (b), which is playable on standard alto flute. Please select your required version above when ordering.
Songs of Perished Love
Songs of Perished Love was started in 1979 at the request of singer Karen Braunstein who gave me an assortment of poems while I lived in Boston, Massachusetts. The initial musical setting was first performed by mezzo-soprano Jenny Miller and clarinetist Carol Robinson at the Fondation des États-Unis, Paris on 7 May 1981 during my year’s residency as a Fulbright Fellow. Forty years later, I revised and completed the songs in Manchester, England: an eye-opening glimpse into a distant, apprehensive life.
for unison/solo voices and organ
Opus 12. Commissioned for the Choir of St. Anne’s Church, Alderney, Channel Islands. Nunc Dimittis premiered by them in August 1998.
First complete performance was by the Choir of St. George’s Anglican Church, Johannesburg, South Africa, on 27th March 2010.
for soprano solo, viola and organ
Arrangement of Opus 21, for Soprano, Viola, and Organ. Premiered in the Anglican Cathedral of St. Michael and St. George, Grahamstown, South Africa, in October 2014 as part of the 140th anniversary celebrations of the Diocesan School for Girls.
for four chanters, mixed choir, four trumpets, two sets of tubular bells and two organs
Adapted and arranged for Kronos Quartet and Monk Hierotheos. World premiere on YouTube on April 14, 2020 by Kronos Quartet and Monk Hierotheos from home isolation due to the pandemic. Audio mix and video edit of 5 personal recordings made on phones done by Jovan Shpira Obradovic.
Music by Aleksandra Vrebalov.
Libretto by Deborah Brevoort.
Commissioned by the Glimmerglass Opera Festival.A group of military wives, whose husbands are fighting in Fallujah, gather together because of rumors about a possible incident on the war front. As the women await word about what has taken place, a young Army officer drives across the western plains to deliver them the news. A one-act opera for three soloists and a chorus, The Knock takes the audience into the lives of America’s military spouses, a group not yet seen on the opera stage.
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