Brian Elias: Five Songs To Poems By Irina Ratushinskaya: Orchestra And Vocal

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COMPOSER: Brian Elias
PUBLISHER: Chester Music
PRODUCT FORMAT: Study Score
Elias: I first came across Irina Ratushinskaya’s poetry when the collection ‘No, I’m Not Afraid’ was published in England in early May 1986. The poems, the various circumstances in which they were written and the poet’sintegrity,commitment and appalling situation (she was still imprisoned) all had a
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Composer Brian Elias
Publisher Chester Music
Instrumentation Mezzo-Soprano, Orchestra
Product Format Study Score
Description Product Type Studyscore
Year of Publication 2002
Style Period Post 1901
ISBN 9780711924925
No. MUSCH59162
Number of pages 132
Voicing Mezzo-Soprano Voice
Description
Elias: I first came across Irina Ratushinskaya’s poetry when the collection ‘No, I’m Not Afraid’ was published in England in early May 1986. The poems, the various circumstances in which they were written and the poet’sintegrity,commitment and appalling situation (she was still imprisoned) all had a tremendous impact upon me. I was drawn inexorably into the world she describes so vividly. The powerful imagery of resistance, the acceptance ofshatteringrealities and the fantasies of different kinds of escape made poetry of truly universal significance and urgency, and the idea of a setting for voice and large orchestra followed immediately.

Each of the settings (inRussian) isself-contained and quite different in mood and orchestration. However, I consider the songs as one piece, and the whole cycle is performed without a break. All the basic musical material, themes and motifs for theentire work arestated in the first few pages, and the order of the poems was chosen to provide an overall musical and dramatic shape that attempts to link them together and to reflect more than the immediate meaning of theindividual poems.

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