Sebastian
for mezzo-soprano and five instruments

Daryl Jamieson
Composition Date: 2004
Duration: 00:07:00
Genre: Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s) / Percussion, Keyboard / String Bowed

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Mezzo Soprano
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
When I first saw El Greco’s painting Saint Sebastian in the National Gallery in London in February 2004, I was struck by his portrayal of the saint’s brutal martyrdom, but especially by the aura of rapture that I felt surrounded the work. The painting asks us to venerate a man whose faith led him to blissfully accept his own martyrdom, to happily die for his god. I both fear and envy that level of religious faith, the power of the unquestioning zealot for both intended good and unintended evil, so although aesthetically the painting is undeniably beautiful, I found myself profoundly disturbed by viewing it.I composed my piece Sebastian soon after seeing the painting, and I intended to capture both the beauty of El Greco’s painting and my ambivalence to its message. The text comes from the opening of the Catholic Litany of St Sebastian: ‘Saint Sebastian: Whose love for Christ was stronger than death, Pray...’

Premiere Information:
8 May 2004, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York, United Kingdom
Performed by: Black Hair

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 1255 J321seb
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s) / Percussion, Keyboard / String Bowed
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 7, 2016
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    9 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 15
    Piano Reduction: 5 Pages
    Piano Reduction
    5 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    5 Parts
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by: Black Hair
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