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Work

2012
  • recitativo ed aria grave for baritone and piano
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Duration:
05' 30"

Samples

application/pdf,241k Score (241k) pages 5-6© Robbie Ellis

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Programme Note

During my 2012 Mozart Fellowship at the University of Otago, I started monthly gigs in Dunedin under the banner of Song Sale. Saran Goldie-Anderson and Rose Duxfield had founded Song Sale in Wellington as both an exercise for songwriters and an entertaining evening for an audience. It costs nothing for the audience to enter the venue, but anybody can pay five dollars to commission a song on a chosen topic, title and/or genre. One or two of a team of songwriter-performers will take this commission and compose a brand new song. The turnaround time is usually 30-45 minutes.

The Root Vegetable Opera came about at the June 2012 Song Sale, as a commission from Gabrielle Golding and Suzanne Murphy to write about root vegetables in the style of opera. I penned the lyrics and winged the singing in performance, while Corwin Newall accompanied me with a four-chord ostinato on a keyboard orchestral combi. After the gig, I transcribed this fully realised piano accompaniment and performed with Corwin at subsequent Song Sales. I even presented it at a University of Otago Music Department lunchtime concert, and Elizabeth Bouman reviewed my singing in the Otago Daily Times:
“His excellent diction and visual interpretation exposed the humour of every line, but the baritone quality is best left unsaid!” (13 September 2012)

Text Note:
Lyrics by Robbie Ellis
Commissioned:
Commissioned by Gabrielle Golding and Suzanne Murphy
Difficulty:
Advanced

Performance History

World Premiere for P: Root Vegetable Opera; Ellis & Newall 250612 25 Jun 2012 Performed by Robbie Ellis (baritone) and Corwin Newall (piano) at The Church Bar & Restaurant, in Dunedin.
30 Jul 2012 Performed by Robbie Ellis (baritone) and Corwin Newall (piano) at The Church Bar & Restaurant, in Dunedin.
27 Aug 2012 Performed by Robbie Ellis (baritone) and Corwin Newall (piano) at The Church Bar & Restaurant, in Dunedin.
12 Sep 2012 Performed by Robbie Ellis (baritone) and Corwin Newall (piano) at Marama Hall, in Dunedin.
24 Sep 2012 Performed by Robbie Ellis (baritone) and Corwin Newall (piano) at The Church Bar & Restaurant, in Dunedin.
25 Oct 2012 Performed by Robbie Ellis (baritone) and Corwin Newall (piano) at The Church Bar & Restaurant, in Dunedin.
10 Nov 2012 Performed by Robbie Ellis (baritone) and Corwin Newall (piano) at Whare Flat Campground, in Dunedin.
15 Nov 2012 Performed by Robbie Ellis (baritone) and Corwin Newall (piano) at The Church Bar & Restaurant, in Dunedin.
05 Dec 2012 Performed by Robbie Ellis (baritone) and Buz Bryant-Greene (piano) at Meow, in Wellington.
12 Dec 2012 Recorded by Robbie Ellis (baritone) and Corwin Newall (piano) at Albany St Studios, University of Otago, in Dunedin.
13 Dec 2012 Performed by Robbie Ellis (baritone) and Corwin Newall (piano) at The Church Bar & Restaurant, in Dunedin.
16 Dec 2012 Performed by Robbie Ellis (baritone) and Corwin Newall (piano) at the Albany Street Studios, in Dunedin.
25 Sep 2013 Performed by Robbie Ellis at Marama Hall, Otago University, Dunedin.
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