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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.
Text by Boris Pasternak translated by Max Hayward and Manya Harari