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Zhivago's Mary Magdalene Songs

for voice and piano

Year:  1993   ·  Duration:  13m

Year:  1993
Duration:  13m

Composer:   John Ritchie

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1, 6, and 12-13

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Two major settings for voice and piano of extended poems written by Dr Zhivago. Both are personal and intense utterances from the woman who came closer than any other to Jesus.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Judy Bellingham with assistance from Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council (now Creative New Zealand) and NZ Composers' Foundation

Judy Bellingham |

Contents note

Two songs: "As soon as night..."; "Before the festival..."

Text note

Text by Boris Pasternak, poems translated by Max Hayward and Manya Harari

Performance history

Performed by Judy Bellingham (soprano) and Terence Dennis (piano)