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Canada

Canada

for voice and orchestra

Text from the Prisoners' Chorus of Beethoven's Fidelio

Translations by the composer


  • Instrumentation: tenor and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English - German - French

 
Description
Gerald Barry considers Ludwig van Beethoven to be the greatest composer that ever lived, and many of his own works draw direct links to Beethoven’s life and music.

‘Some time ago I was in Toronto airport returning to Dublin. When I got through security, Canada suddenly came into my head: a setting of the Fidelio Prisoners’ Chorus for voice and orchestra. Canada, the name and country, is both everyday and strange to me – exotically normal. Canada! What joy in the open air! / Breathing freely again! / Only here is life! Only here! / Speak softly! / We are watched with eyes and ears. ’ (Gerald Barry)
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by BBC Radio 3
Performance duration: 7'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 3.3(ca).3(bcl).3-4.3.3(btbn).1perc-pno-str
Performances
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
2019-08-12 | Lenox,MA (United States of America), Seiji Ozawa Hall — 18.00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
2017-08-21 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Albert Hall | World Premiere
Gerald Barry considers Ludwig van Beethoven to be the greatest composer that ever lived, and many of his own works draw direct links to Beethoven’s life and music.

‘Some time ago I was in Toronto airport returning to Dublin. When I got through security, Canada suddenly came into my head: a setting of the Fidelio Prisoners’ Chorus for voice and orchestra. Canada, the name and country, is both everyday and strange to me – exotically normal. Canada! What joy in the open air! / Breathing freely again! / Only here is life! Only here! / Speak softly! / We are watched with eyes and ears. ’ (Gerald Barry)
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by BBC Radio 3
Performance duration: 7'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 3.3(ca).3(bcl).3-4.3.3(btbn).1perc-pno-str
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
2019-08-12 | Lenox,MA (United States of America), Seiji Ozawa Hall — 18.00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
2017-08-21 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Albert Hall | World Premiere