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Blue Work


Four Zhivago Songs

for voice and piano

Year:  1977   ·  Duration:  12m

Year:  1977
Duration:  12m

Composer:   John Ritchie

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Sample Score

Sample: First page of each song.

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About

In 1977 John Ritchie set four poems from the English translation of Doctor Zhivago by Max Hayward and Manya Harari, and the songs were first performed in Durham in 1978. The extensive use of both ends of the vocal range fulfils the breadth demanded by the poem's Russian originas, yet without recourse to cluttered or overly thick textures.


Contents note

Hamlet
Intoxication
The Wind
Winter Night


Text note

Text by Boris Pasternak translated by Max Hayward and Manya Harari


Performance history

11 May 1990: Performed by Margaret Lion (piano) and Marion Olsen (mezzo soprano) at St John's Smith Square in London

25 May 2008: Made in NZ

Performed by Rebecca Ryan (soprano) and John van Buskirk (piano).