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In black ink : three Shakespeare sonnets for voice & piano

by Andrew Anderson (2016)

Audio Sample

Performance by Alexandra Mathew, Brenna Wee from the CD Piano Quartet in C Minor, Sonata for Violin & Piano, and In Black Ink

Piano Quartet in C Minor, Sonata for Violin & Piano, and In Black Ink


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Work Overview

This setting of three Shakespearian sonnets was commissioned in 2016 by Gloria Gamboz, and dedicated to mezzo-soprano Alexandra Mathew. The first ("Look in they glass and tell the face thou viewest") is one of the Procreation Sonnets, urging the recipient of the sonnet to bear children and thereby preserve a reflection of his beauty. The second ("Those lips that Love's own hand did make") is notable for its unique metre, as well as for the criticism it has received from some scholars regarding its lightweight nature. It reminds us how words cannot be unspoken, but their meaning may sometimes be subsequently altered. The final sonnet "Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea" comments on how even the most enduring of things is ultimately destroyed by time, but that perhaps love might be immortalized through the written verse. It is from this final sonnet that the title of the collection is drawn.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Medium voice, piano.

Duration: 11 min.

Contents note: I. Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest -- II. Those lips that love's own hand did make -- III. Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Alexandra Matthew

Commission note: Commissioned by Gloria Gamboz.

Performances of this work

24 Sep 17: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta. Featuring Hugh Fullarton, Alexandra Mathew.

10 May 17: ARVO Classical Concert, Hilton Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland. Featuring Dana Schlegel, Kwoon Wong.

24 Feb 17: Sundry Studios, Fitzroy, VIC. Featuring Brenna Wee, Alexandra Mathew.

23 Feb 17: Winchelsea Morning Melodies, Winchelsea Tea Rooms, Winchelsea, VIC. Featuring Alexandra Mathew, John Bumford.

28 Aug 2016: at In Black Ink (Eleventh Hour Theatre). Featuring Concord Ensemble.

27 Aug 2016: at In Black Ink (Trinity College Chapel (Parkville)). Featuring Concord Ensemble.

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