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Sarah Kirkland Snider

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Penelope (for voice and septet) (2010)
Text Writer
Ellen McLaughlin
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Soloists and Large Ensemble (7+ players)
Year Composed
2010
Arranger/Editor
arr. 2019
Duration
1 Hour 0 Minutes
Language
English
Solo Instrument(s)
Mezzo-soprano
Programme Note
Sarah Kirkland Snider Penelope (for voice and septet) (2010)



Shara Worden, Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman conductor
Related works:
   Penelope (for voice and orchestra)
   Penelope (for voice and large ensemble)
   Penelope (for voice and septet)
   Penelope (for voice and sextet)

Songs can be rented and performed individually.

Songs:
1. The Stranger with the Face of a Man I Loved
2. This Is What You're Like
3. The Honeyed Fruit
4. The Lotus Eaters
5. Nausicaa
6. Circe and the Hanged Man
7. I Died of Waiting
8. Home
9. Dead Friend
10. Calypso
11. And Then You Shall Be Lost Indeed
12. Open Hands
13. Baby Teeth, Bones, and Bullets
14. As He Looks Out to Sea

Composer note:
Inspired by Homer's epic poem, the Odyssey, Penelope is a meditation on memory, identity, and what it means to come home. The song cycle, written in 2009 for Shara Worden and Ensemble Signal, is based on a music-theater monodrama written by Snider and playwright Ellen McLaughlin for the J. Paul Getty Center in 2008. In the work, a woman's husband appears at her door after an absence of twenty years, suffering from brain damage. A veteran of an unnamed war, he doesn't know who he is and she doesn't know who he's become. While they wait together for his return to himself, she reads to him from the Odyssey, and in the journey of that book, she finds a way into her former husband's memory and the terror and trauma of war.

— Sarah Kirkland Snider

Performances
Date
Title
  • 26 JAN 2020
    Cenntenial Concert Hall / Winnipeg, MB / Canada
    Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
    Shara Nova, Michael Hammond; Julian Pellicano, conductor

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