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She Told Me This...

She Told Me This...

for voice and ensemble

Text by Amy Tan


  • Instrumentation: voice and ensemble
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
Description
She Told Me This... reimagines musical ideas and themes from my opera The Bonesetter’s Daughter through one character, Ruth, the American born daughter of a Chinese mother with many secrets. These secrets have crippled Ruth and shaped her life, though she knows nothing of her mother’s past. Guided by the ghost of her grandmother, known only as Precious Auntie, she uncovers these stories as her mother’s memory slowly fades. This work will focus more overtly on the nature of stories and storytelling with Ruth channeling the voices of her mother, the ghost of her randmother, and the unmistakable presence of the family’s Chinese past. Like most Americans, the idea of this past mythic homeland shapes the narrative of the family’s present in America. We carry these stories in our bones. (Stewart Wallace)
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Musiqa
Performance duration: 30'0"
Publisher: Sidmar Music (administered exclusively by Schott Music Corporation, New York)
Uraufführung : 17. Oktober 2010 Houston, TX, Hobby Center for the Performing Art, Zilkha Hall (USA) · Dirigent: Sara Jobin · Musiqa
Year of composition: 2010
instrumentation: fl(pic.afl).ob(ca).cl(Ebcl.bcl).sax(ssax.tsax.barsax)-1perc-pno-2vn.va.vc
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Sara Jobin
Orchestra: Musiqa
2010-10-17 | Houston, TX (United States of America), Hobby Center for the Performing Art, Zilkha Hall | World Premiere
She Told Me This... reimagines musical ideas and themes from my opera The Bonesetter’s Daughter through one character, Ruth, the American born daughter of a Chinese mother with many secrets. These secrets have crippled Ruth and shaped her life, though she knows nothing of her mother’s past. Guided by the ghost of her grandmother, known only as Precious Auntie, she uncovers these stories as her mother’s memory slowly fades. This work will focus more overtly on the nature of stories and storytelling with Ruth channeling the voices of her mother, the ghost of her randmother, and the unmistakable presence of the family’s Chinese past. Like most Americans, the idea of this past mythic homeland shapes the narrative of the family’s present in America. We carry these stories in our bones. (Stewart Wallace)
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Musiqa
Performance duration: 30'0"
Publisher: Sidmar Music (administered exclusively by Schott Music Corporation, New York)
Uraufführung : 17. Oktober 2010 Houston, TX, Hobby Center for the Performing Art, Zilkha Hall (USA) · Dirigent: Sara Jobin · Musiqa
Year of composition: 2010
instrumentation: fl(pic.afl).ob(ca).cl(Ebcl.bcl).sax(ssax.tsax.barsax)-1perc-pno-2vn.va.vc
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Sara Jobin
Orchestra: Musiqa
2010-10-17 | Houston, TX (United States of America), Hobby Center for the Performing Art, Zilkha Hall | World Premiere