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Choral Suite from Arjuna's Dilemma

Choral Suite from Arjuna's Dilemma

for SATB chorus, solo violin and piano

from Arjuna's Dilemma, a chamber opera in one act


  • Instrumentation: SATB chorus, solo violin and piano
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English - Sanskrit

Description
Based on the towering Hindu epic, the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna's Dilemma utilizes North Indian performance styles, melodic structures, odd time signatures and rhythmic patterns alongside western instrumentation, harmonies and forms. North Indian vocals co‐mingle with a Western tenor and four‐part choral writing, with references to both modern vocal styles and Byzantine and Gregorian chant. Improvisation is common to both musical worlds, with the Indian singer, tabla player and jazz saxophonist each using their respective improvisatory traditions to reach for the ecstatic, the sublime and the terror that make up the emotional world of this work.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned, developed, and produced by Music-Theatre Group
Content text: I. Stop My Chariot
II. The Pleasures of the Kingdom
III. My Head Turns
IV. The Divine Eye
V. I Am the Letter "A"
VI. Did You Listen, Did You Hear?
VII. Karisye Vachanam Tava
Performance duration: 14'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 22. August 2008 Purchase, NY, PepsiCo Theater (USA) · Dirigent: Alan Johnson · Inszenierung: Robin Guarino · Kostüme: Gabriel Barry · Bühnenbild: Donald Eastman
Year of composition: 2008
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Alan Johnson
2008-08-22 | Purchase, NY (United States of America), PepsiCo Theater | World Premiere
Based on the towering Hindu epic, the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna's Dilemma utilizes North Indian performance styles, melodic structures, odd time signatures and rhythmic patterns alongside western instrumentation, harmonies and forms. North Indian vocals co‐mingle with a Western tenor and four‐part choral writing, with references to both modern vocal styles and Byzantine and Gregorian chant. Improvisation is common to both musical worlds, with the Indian singer, tabla player and jazz saxophonist each using their respective improvisatory traditions to reach for the ecstatic, the sublime and the terror that make up the emotional world of this work.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned, developed, and produced by Music-Theatre Group
Content text: I. Stop My Chariot
II. The Pleasures of the Kingdom
III. My Head Turns
IV. The Divine Eye
V. I Am the Letter "A"
VI. Did You Listen, Did You Hear?
VII. Karisye Vachanam Tava
Performance duration: 14'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 22. August 2008 Purchase, NY, PepsiCo Theater (USA) · Dirigent: Alan Johnson · Inszenierung: Robin Guarino · Kostüme: Gabriel Barry · Bühnenbild: Donald Eastman
Year of composition: 2008
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Alan Johnson
2008-08-22 | Purchase, NY (United States of America), PepsiCo Theater | World Premiere