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The Black River

text from 20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne

By Gavin Bryars

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Soprano voice and organ - advanced
Text from 20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne. Composed by Gavin Bryars (1943-). Sheet music. Edition Schott. Classical. Score. Composed 1991. 20 pages. Duration 15'. Schott Music #ED 12462. Published by Schott Music (HL.49003215).

Item Number: HL.49003215

ISBN 9790220117558. 8.25x11.75 inches. English.

This piece is one of a series of works that take texts or imagery from the work of Jules Verne. Here the text is taken from 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, a section in which Professor Aronnax describes the scene outside the Nautilus where countless varieties of sea-creatures escort the submarine along the current of the mysterious underwater Black River.Coincidentally the first work that I wrote using Verne as a source, the cantata Effarene (1984), sets an earlier portion of the same chapter for its closing movement and I find the objectivity and invention of Verne's language a constant stimulus. As Raymond Queneau said of Verne: What a style! Nothing but nouns.The piece was written for a concert given by the organist Christopher Bowers-Broadbent at Leicester Cathedral in January 1991 and later recorded by him with soprano Sarah Leonard for ECM New Series in 1993.Gavin Bryars.

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