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PANUFNIK The Song of Names

for 2 solo trebles, baritone solo, SSAATTBB chorus and orchestra (brass, tubular bells, harp, strings) Full Score

No. 72302a


ROXANNA PANUFNIK

The Song of Names for 2 solo trebles, baritone solo, SSAATTBB chorus and orchestra (brass, tubular bells, harp, strings)

Full Score

EIGENTUM DES VERLEGERS

ALLE RECHTE VORBEHALTEN

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Libretto by Norman Lebrecht

Instrumentation 2 solo treble voices Baritone solo SSAATTBB chorus orchestra (2 tpt, 2 trbn, T Bells, Hp, Str)

Duration: c.20 minutes

The Synopsis The Song of Names is a novel about Dovidl, a boy prodigy from Poland who is stranded in London during the Second World War. Hearing that his family was wiped out in Hitler’s Holocaust, he cannot come to terms with the loss. In his search for comfort, he meets a Chassidic Rebbe and his group of survivors who preserve the memory of the dead in a never-ending ‘Song of Names’. Dovidl, redeemed by the song, reframes the rest of his life within an enclosed faith community. Norman Lebrecht June, 2012 The Music When I read Norman Lebrecht’s stunning first novel The Song of Names in 2004, I could hear music running through the whole book – especially in its dénouement: the power and beauty of the actual ‘Song of Names’, that leads to Dovidl’s abrupt and complete disappearance. It has taken eight years to find the right commission for it – I was over the moon when Portsmouth Grammar School (PGS) consented to me setting ‘The Song’ for, very aptly, their Rememberance Day concert, this year. It transpires that Norman had, indeed, music in his head during the writing of the book – specifically an ancient pre-Christian “nigun” or melody, which was given to him by an Iraqi Hazan. He also had echoes of the prayer for the dead, El Mole Rachamim which I have used in a more concentrated form (courtesy of Dr Alexander Knapp). My heartfelt thanks go to PGS for giving me this long-wished creative opportunity, Norman Lebrecht for his endless patience in my pedantic questioning on his libretto and Dr Alex Knapp for his continued resources of Jewish music. The work is dedicated to PGS and LMP. Roxanna Panufnik June, 2012

First performance on 11 November 2012 at St Thomas’s Cathedral, Portsmouth, given by Portsmouth Grammar School Choir and the London Mozart Players.

This score reflects the state of editorial work and correction as at July 2012


for Portsmouth Grammar School & the London Mozart Players

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Photo © Keith Saunders

Roxanna Panufnik studierte an der Royal Academy of Music und schuf Kompositionen für Oper, Ballett und Musiktheater sowie Chor-, Kammer- und Filmmusik. Zu ihren wichtigsten Werken gehören: die Westminster Mass für den Westminster Cathedral Choir, entstanden zum 75. Geburtstag des Londoner Erzbischofs Kardinal Hume; Vertonungen nach Vikram Seths Beastly Tales für Patricia Rozario und die City of London Sinfonia, ein Auftragswerk der BBC; das Harfenkonzert Powers & Dominions; das Violinkonzert Abraham für Daniel Hope, das auch als Ouvertüre für das World Orchestra for Peace existiert und in dieser Form unter Valery Gergiev in Jerusalem uraufgeführt wurde; Schola Missa de Angelis (Chor der London Oratory School und Blechbläseroktett) sowie The Generation of Love, ein Zyklus von Shakespeare-Sonetten (Mark Padmore, Richard Watkins, Julius Drake).

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The Song of Names

Roxanna Panufnik studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and has written opera, ballet, music theatre, choral, chamber and film music. Key works include Westminster Mass, written for Westminster Cathedral Choir to mark Cardinal Hume’s 75th birthday, and settings of Vikram Seth’s Beastly Tales, commissioned by the BBC for Patricia Rozario and the City of London Sinfonia; harp concerto Powers & Dominions; violin concerto Abraham – for Daniel Hope – which exists also as an overture for the World Orchestra for Peace, premiered in Jerusalem under Valery Gergiev; Schola Missa de Angelis (choir of London Oratory School and brass octet); and The Generation of Love, a Shakespeare sonnet cycle (Mark Padmore, Richard Watkins, Julius Drake).

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The Song of Names