Un Chant d'Amour
for organ

Daryl Jamieson
Composition Date: 2006
Duration: 00:26:00
Genre: Keyboard, Organ (Pipe or Electric), One Keyboard, Two Hands

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Organ
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Programme Note:
Jean Genet’s 1950 silent short 'Un Chant d’Amour' is a classic of the underground cinema, an erotically-charged visual poem, one of the first gay-themed films ever made. Given its undoubted artistic success, it is unfortunate that it is Genet’s only film, though it fits easily into the grand canon of his other works, employing symbols and subjects (flowers, prisons, unrequited love) that also appear in his poems, plays and novels. The plot revolves around three men in an Algerian prison: an older man and a younger man, both on death row and in some sort of love, and the prison guard who observes them, who is both aroused and horrified at the sexual energy at play within the prison. Genet left no musical instructions for the film, and it has been set many times by many different composers. My version, for organ solo, is quite spare, and does not time itself exactly to the film. It evokes the mood of Genet’s film, reflects its pacing, and is more like a companion piece than an accompaniment.

Premiere Information:
6 May 2006, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York, UK
James Roriston, organ

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 2410 J321unc
  • Genre:
  • Keyboard, Organ (Pipe or Electric), One Keyboard, Two Hands
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 26, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    32 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:

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