Burnaby Mountain Song: Eurydice
for soprano, bodhrán, flute, guitar, cello and piano

William George
Composition Date: 2015
Duration: 00:10:00
Genre: Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s) / Percussion, Keyboard / Plectral String / String Bowed

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Guitar
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
Eurydice reimagined: When speaking of myth, what might an ancient love-story reveal for our local situation: city of harbours, hemmed by an inlet, by mountains, site of arrival—where extraction of resources means engagement with powerful forces? In the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, what seeds might burgeon into a new re-telling? For me, this past winter, the letter E, for energy, for earth, surged into this story of loss at that most poignant of threshold moments: to look behind!—the more I read into myth, the more she came to me: an eco-resistance-warrior-princess, tunneling up through rock and concrete, insistent that I pay attention and ask: what’s happening on the mountain? ~Renée Sarojini Saklikar I found the message and amazing images in Renée’s poem very inspiring musically. The final text is a condensation of a longer poem. In adapting, my goal was to focus on the story line of Eurydice as eco-warrior returning to the world, specifically Burnaby Mountain (her earthly home) to protect it from current environmental threats. Eurydice here manifests in several different characteristics: idealistic young protestor, timeless aboriginal Earth Mother, fragile lost girl of myth, innocent folk singer, avenging angel. Each aspect of her personality is represented musically, tied together by a fragment from Gluck’s “Dance of the Blessed Spirits.” ~ William George

Premiere Information:
Vancover, BC
Orpheum Annex
21 Mar 2015
Erato Ensemble

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 1257 G349bur
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s) / Percussion, Keyboard / Plectral String / String Bowed
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 5, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    19 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
    Parts page count: 15
    Parts
    15 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
  • Language Information
  • Main language: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by the Erato Ensemble
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