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The Phoenix and the Turtle

The Phoenix and the Turtle

for chamber choir

Text by William Shakespeare


  • Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB), minimum 12 voices
  • Edition: choral score
  • Language: English
€7.00  *
Incl. VAT and excl. shipping Weight: 0.08 kg

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Description
The Phoenix and the Turtle sets a poem by Shakespeare published 1601 that uses the metaphor of a bird's funeral to describe the death of an idealistic love. Watkins spins out a jazzy melody surrounded by close harmonies using the text to create a lively, rhythmic opening.

The textures and rhythms settle into homophonic movement as the chords open ever outward in a slower middle section, before resolving onto a solemn ending in unison.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Nicholas and Judith Goodison
Binding: Saddle stitching
Difficulty: advanced - difficult
ISMN: 979-0-2201-3476-0
Performance duration: 6' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Series: Choral Music of Our Time
UPC: 841886022126
Uraufführung : 11. Mai 2014 London, Wigmore Hall (UK) · Stile Antico
Year of composition: 2014
page number: 16
Performances
2021-10-03 | Hatherleigh (United Kingdom), St John the Baptist Church
2021-02-18 | London (United Kingdom), St Martin in the Fields — 19:30 | Streaming
Conductor: Andrew Griffiths
2020-02-14 | London (United Kingdom), St John's Church, Waterloo — 19.30
2018-04-15 | Bogotá (Columbia), Sala de Conciertos — 11:00
2018-04-13 | San Andrés (Columbia), Centro Cultural de San Andrés — 19:00
2018-04-11 | Florencia (Columbia), Cultural Center of Florencia — 19:00
2017-07-09 | Bath (United Kingdom), The Guildhall — 16:00
2017-03-21 | Bruges (Belgium), Concertgebouw Brugge — 20:00
2017-03-13 | Brussels (Belgium), Horta Hall — 20:00
2016-11-24 | Malvern (United Kingdom)
2016-11-18 | Wimbledon (United Kingdom), Trinity Church — 19:30
2016-10-29 | Cambridge (United Kingdom)
2016-10-22 | Canterbury (United Kingdom), Canterbury Cathedral — 19:30
2016-10-11 | Leamington (United Kingdom)
2016-09-30 | Malling (United Kingdom)
2016-09-21 | Cowbridge (United Kingdom), Holy Cross Church — 19:30
2016-08-15 | London (United Kingdom), Cadogan Hall — 13:00
2016-07-30 | Dartington (United Kingdom), Dartington Hall — 19:45
2016-07-20 | Petworth (United Kingdom), St Mary’s Church — 19:30
2016-06-04 | Wareham (United Kingdom), Lady St Mary Church — 19:00
2016-06-01 | Richmond (United Kingdom), St. Mary's Church — 19:30
2016-05-10 | East Woodhay (United Kingdom), St Martin's Church — 19:30
2016-05-03 | Sherbourne (United Kingdom), Sherbourne Abbey — 19:30
2016-04-15 | Houston (United States of America), Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral
2016-04-12 | Concord (United States of America), Chapel of St Peter and St Paul — 19:00
2016-04-09 | Seattle (United States of America), Town Hall Seattle — 20:00
2016-02-13 | London (United Kingdom), St Sepulchre-without-Newgate
2016-01-24 | New York (United States of America), Corpus Christi Church — 16:00
2016-01-23 | Washington (United States of America), Washington National Cathedral — 20:00
2016-01-22 | Washington (United States of America), Washington National Cathedral — 20:00
2016-01-17 | Rhode Island (United States of America), George Kent Performance Hall — 15:00 | national Premiere
2014-05-11 | London (United Kingdom), Wigmore Hall | World Premiere
The Phoenix and the Turtle sets a poem by Shakespeare published 1601 that uses the metaphor of a bird's funeral to describe the death of an idealistic love. Watkins spins out a jazzy melody surrounded by close harmonies using the text to create a lively, rhythmic opening.

The textures and rhythms settle into homophonic movement as the chords open ever outward in a slower middle section, before resolving onto a solemn ending in unison.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Nicholas and Judith Goodison
Binding: Saddle stitching
Difficulty: advanced - difficult
ISMN: 979-0-2201-3476-0
Performance duration: 6' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Series: Choral Music of Our Time
UPC: 841886022126
Uraufführung : 11. Mai 2014 London, Wigmore Hall (UK) · Stile Antico
Year of composition: 2014
page number: 16
2021-10-03 | Hatherleigh (United Kingdom), St John the Baptist Church
2021-02-18 | London (United Kingdom), St Martin in the Fields — 19:30 | Streaming
Conductor: Andrew Griffiths
2020-02-14 | London (United Kingdom), St John's Church, Waterloo — 19.30
2018-04-15 | Bogotá (Columbia), Sala de Conciertos — 11:00
2018-04-13 | San Andrés (Columbia), Centro Cultural de San Andrés — 19:00
2018-04-11 | Florencia (Columbia), Cultural Center of Florencia — 19:00
2017-07-09 | Bath (United Kingdom), The Guildhall — 16:00
2017-03-21 | Bruges (Belgium), Concertgebouw Brugge — 20:00
2017-03-13 | Brussels (Belgium), Horta Hall — 20:00
2016-11-24 | Malvern (United Kingdom)
2016-11-18 | Wimbledon (United Kingdom), Trinity Church — 19:30
2016-10-29 | Cambridge (United Kingdom)
2016-10-22 | Canterbury (United Kingdom), Canterbury Cathedral — 19:30
2016-10-11 | Leamington (United Kingdom)
2016-09-30 | Malling (United Kingdom)
2016-09-21 | Cowbridge (United Kingdom), Holy Cross Church — 19:30
2016-08-15 | London (United Kingdom), Cadogan Hall — 13:00
2016-07-30 | Dartington (United Kingdom), Dartington Hall — 19:45
2016-07-20 | Petworth (United Kingdom), St Mary’s Church — 19:30
2016-06-04 | Wareham (United Kingdom), Lady St Mary Church — 19:00
2016-06-01 | Richmond (United Kingdom), St. Mary's Church — 19:30
2016-05-10 | East Woodhay (United Kingdom), St Martin's Church — 19:30
2016-05-03 | Sherbourne (United Kingdom), Sherbourne Abbey — 19:30
2016-04-15 | Houston (United States of America), Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral
2016-04-12 | Concord (United States of America), Chapel of St Peter and St Paul — 19:00
2016-04-09 | Seattle (United States of America), Town Hall Seattle — 20:00
2016-02-13 | London (United Kingdom), St Sepulchre-without-Newgate
2016-01-24 | New York (United States of America), Corpus Christi Church — 16:00
2016-01-23 | Washington (United States of America), Washington National Cathedral — 20:00
2016-01-22 | Washington (United States of America), Washington National Cathedral — 20:00
2016-01-17 | Rhode Island (United States of America), George Kent Performance Hall — 15:00 | national Premiere
2014-05-11 | London (United Kingdom), Wigmore Hall | World Premiere