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Virginiana

Virginiana

for solo voices (SMezTB) and early instrument ensemble

text and musical motifs by Robert Bolling Jr., text edited by J.A. Leo Lemay


  • Instrumentation: solo voices (SMezTB) and early instrument ensemble (or modern instruments)
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
Description
Written in the spirit of neoclassical works like Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and The Rake’s Progress, Virginiana is an exploration of 18th-century North American aesthetics heard through a contemporary musical lens. The texts for Virginiana, written by Robert Bolling (1738 -1775) and taken from J.A. Leo Lemay’s volume 'Robert Bolling Woos Anne Miller", blend poetry and prose, telling in retrospect the story of Anne Miller and Robert Bolling's rocky courtship in the year 1760. Spears transcribed three unpublished dance melodies composed by Bolling and written in his notebooks alongside his poetry. Each melody is quoted at a key moment in the piece.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by New Vintage Baroque and The Damask Ensemble
Performance duration: 27'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : Februar 2015 The Hague, Het Nutshuis (NL) · New Vintage Baroque and The Damask Ensemble
Year of composition: 2015
instrumentation: traverso flute · oboe (doubling soprano recorder) · bassoon [low A extension] · harpsichord · strings [bass with low C string or extension]; Though originally conceived for mid-18th century instrument ensemble, Virginiana can also be performed with modern instruments.
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Orchestra: The Damask Ensemble and New Vintage Baroque
2015-02-28 | New York, NY (United States of America), The Church of St.-Luke-in-the-Field
Orchestra: The Damask Ensemble and New Vintage Baroque
2015-02-27 | New York, NY (United States of America), The New York Times Center Auditorium | national Premiere
Orchestra: New Vintage Baroque and The Damask Ensemble
2015-02-01 | The Hague (Netherlands), Het Nutshuis | World Premiere
Written in the spirit of neoclassical works like Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and The Rake’s Progress, Virginiana is an exploration of 18th-century North American aesthetics heard through a contemporary musical lens. The texts for Virginiana, written by Robert Bolling (1738 -1775) and taken from J.A. Leo Lemay’s volume 'Robert Bolling Woos Anne Miller", blend poetry and prose, telling in retrospect the story of Anne Miller and Robert Bolling's rocky courtship in the year 1760. Spears transcribed three unpublished dance melodies composed by Bolling and written in his notebooks alongside his poetry. Each melody is quoted at a key moment in the piece.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by New Vintage Baroque and The Damask Ensemble
Performance duration: 27'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : Februar 2015 The Hague, Het Nutshuis (NL) · New Vintage Baroque and The Damask Ensemble
Year of composition: 2015
instrumentation: traverso flute · oboe (doubling soprano recorder) · bassoon [low A extension] · harpsichord · strings [bass with low C string or extension]; Though originally conceived for mid-18th century instrument ensemble, Virginiana can also be performed with modern instruments.
Delivery rights: worldwide
Orchestra: The Damask Ensemble and New Vintage Baroque
2015-02-28 | New York, NY (United States of America), The Church of St.-Luke-in-the-Field
Orchestra: The Damask Ensemble and New Vintage Baroque
2015-02-27 | New York, NY (United States of America), The New York Times Center Auditorium | national Premiere
Orchestra: New Vintage Baroque and The Damask Ensemble
2015-02-01 | The Hague (Netherlands), Het Nutshuis | World Premiere