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The Heavenly Feast

The Heavenly Feast

for soprano and orchestra

text by Gjertrud Schnackenberg


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

 
Description
The Heavenly Feast by Gjertrud Schnackenberg is a poem which addresses itself to the final act of French theosopist and writer Simone Weil, in which she starves herself out of desire to offer nourishment to her compatriots who were suffering under the brutalities of Nazi-occupied France. It is a contemplation of a self-sacrifice as mystically inspiring as it is logically incomprehensible. The musical work, eponymous in title with the poem, takes place at Weil’s graveside. It is in the form of an interior monologue, where the soprano/protagonist reflects upon the final and quixotic path of this elusive martyr.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman, Music Director, and the American Composers Orchestra, through a generous gift from Randolf S Rothschild
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 8. Dezember 1994 Baltimore, MD, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (USA) · Dawn Upshaw, soprano · Dirigent: James Paul · Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Year of composition: 1994
instrumentation: 3(2.pic, 3.afl).2.ca.2.bcl.2.cbsn-4.3.2.btbn.1-timp.4perc(vib, glsp, mar, crot, tub bells, s.d, field drum, 2bng, 2tom-t, 2timbales, 2slot drum, cong, b.d, 2steel pipes, 2wdbl, 3tempbl, cow bell, mexican bean, sandbl, cabaça, guiro, vibraslap, tamb, cym, 3sus cym, sizz cym, 3tibetan cym, 2tam-t, gong, sizz tam-t, thunder sheet)-hp.pno-str
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: David Wiley
Orchestra: Cleveland Institute of Music
2006-10-18 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America)
Conductor: James Paul
Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
1994-12-08 | Baltimore, MD (United States of America), Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall | World Premiere
Audio Stream
The Heavenly Feast by Gjertrud Schnackenberg is a poem which addresses itself to the final act of French theosopist and writer Simone Weil, in which she starves herself out of desire to offer nourishment to her compatriots who were suffering under the brutalities of Nazi-occupied France. It is a contemplation of a self-sacrifice as mystically inspiring as it is logically incomprehensible. The musical work, eponymous in title with the poem, takes place at Weil’s graveside. It is in the form of an interior monologue, where the soprano/protagonist reflects upon the final and quixotic path of this elusive martyr.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman, Music Director, and the American Composers Orchestra, through a generous gift from Randolf S Rothschild
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 8. Dezember 1994 Baltimore, MD, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (USA) · Dawn Upshaw, soprano · Dirigent: James Paul · Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Year of composition: 1994
instrumentation: 3(2.pic, 3.afl).2.ca.2.bcl.2.cbsn-4.3.2.btbn.1-timp.4perc(vib, glsp, mar, crot, tub bells, s.d, field drum, 2bng, 2tom-t, 2timbales, 2slot drum, cong, b.d, 2steel pipes, 2wdbl, 3tempbl, cow bell, mexican bean, sandbl, cabaça, guiro, vibraslap, tamb, cym, 3sus cym, sizz cym, 3tibetan cym, 2tam-t, gong, sizz tam-t, thunder sheet)-hp.pno-str
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: David Wiley
Orchestra: Cleveland Institute of Music
2006-10-18 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America)
Conductor: James Paul
Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
1994-12-08 | Baltimore, MD (United States of America), Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall | World Premiere
Other Editions
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