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Black Pentecost

COMPOSER: Peter Maxwell Davies
PUBLISHER: Chester Music
PRODUCT TYPE: Book [Softcover]
INSTRUMENT GROUP: Vocal
Peter Maxwell Davies' 1979 work for mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra, commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra, who gave the first performance in May 1992 at the Royal Festival Hall, with Simon Rattleconducting. The'Black Pentecost' is the coming of uranium mining, which was a threat to
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Composer Peter Maxwell Davies
Publisher Chester Music
Instrumentation Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone Voice, Orchestra
Product Type Book [Softcover]
Instrument Group Vocal
Style Period Post 1901
Year of Publication 1999
Style Period Post 1901
Voicing Mezzo-Soprano Voice
No. Pages 166
No. MUSCH55386
Description
Peter Maxwell Davies' 1979 work for mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra, commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra, who gave the first performance in May 1992 at the Royal Festival Hall, with Simon Rattleconducting.
The'Black Pentecost' is the coming of uranium mining, which was a threat to Orkney when the work was written. The text tells of the destruction of old ways of life, the eclipse of the human by the technological.Davies sets it as agripping dramatic cantata which is also a four-movement symphony, with the songs for imperious baritone and lyrical mezzo-soprano linked by orchestral transitions. The work is a lament, and at the same time afiercely arguedprotest.
Score. Duration c. 40mins.
Songlist
  • 1. Black Pentecost
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