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The Encantadas

The Encantadas

for narrator and orchestra

Text by Herman Melville


  • Instrumentation: narrator and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
description
Tobias Picker draws his text from Herman Melville’s vivid and poetic descriptions of the sea-swept Galapagos Islands he visited in 1841, as part of a whaling voyage he undertook to gather background material for Moby Dick. Each of the six movements evokes a different picture of life in the islands’ equatorial wilderness. The composer capitalizes on the enchantment implicit in Melville’s title and so richly developed in the narration, aptly probing the sinister undercurrent that emerges from the text.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Albany Academy for their 175th Anniversary
Content text: I Dream
II Desolation
III Delusion
IV Diversity
V Din
VI Dawn
Performance duration: 27'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 14. Oktober 1983 Albany, NY (USA) · Michael Arkin, narrator · Dirigent: Julius Hegyi · Albany Symphony Orchestra
Year of composition: 1983-1986
instrumentation: 2(2.pic).2(2.ca).2(2.bcl).2-4.2.3.1-timp.3perc(2drums, maracs, crash cym, sus cym, slap stick, glsp, xyl, vib)-hp.pno-str
Performances
Conductor: Randolph Foy
Orchestra: Raleigh Civic Symphony
2012-10-28 | Raleigh, NC (United States of America), Stewart Theatre
Conductor: Mark Alan Hilt
Orchestra: Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble
2012-10-20 | Santa Monica, CA (United States of America), Santa Monica First Presbyterian Church — West Coast Premiere
Conductor: David Hoose
Orchestra: Boston University Symphony Orchestra
2006-09-28 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Tsai Performance Center — 20.00 h
Conductor: Sergiu Comissiona
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE
1993-04-30 | Madrid (Spain), Teatro Monumental | national Premiere
Conductor: Julius Hegyi
Orchestra: Albany Symphony Orchestra
1983-10-14 | Albany, NY (United States of America) | World Premiere
Tobias Picker draws his text from Herman Melville’s vivid and poetic descriptions of the sea-swept Galapagos Islands he visited in 1841, as part of a whaling voyage he undertook to gather background material for Moby Dick. Each of the six movements evokes a different picture of life in the islands’ equatorial wilderness. The composer capitalizes on the enchantment implicit in Melville’s title and so richly developed in the narration, aptly probing the sinister undercurrent that emerges from the text.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Albany Academy for their 175th Anniversary
Content text: I Dream
II Desolation
III Delusion
IV Diversity
V Din
VI Dawn
Performance duration: 27'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 14. Oktober 1983 Albany, NY (USA) · Michael Arkin, narrator · Dirigent: Julius Hegyi · Albany Symphony Orchestra
Year of composition: 1983-1986
instrumentation: 2(2.pic).2(2.ca).2(2.bcl).2-4.2.3.1-timp.3perc(2drums, maracs, crash cym, sus cym, slap stick, glsp, xyl, vib)-hp.pno-str
Conductor: Randolph Foy
Orchestra: Raleigh Civic Symphony
2012-10-28 | Raleigh, NC (United States of America), Stewart Theatre
Conductor: Mark Alan Hilt
Orchestra: Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble
2012-10-20 | Santa Monica, CA (United States of America), Santa Monica First Presbyterian Church — West Coast Premiere
Conductor: David Hoose
Orchestra: Boston University Symphony Orchestra
2006-09-28 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Tsai Performance Center — 20.00 h
Conductor: Sergiu Comissiona
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE
1993-04-30 | Madrid (Spain), Teatro Monumental | national Premiere
Conductor: Julius Hegyi
Orchestra: Albany Symphony Orchestra
1983-10-14 | Albany, NY (United States of America) | World Premiere
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