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Phyllis Remembers

chamber opera

Year:  1996   ·  Duration:  11m
Instrumentation:  soprano and mezzo soloists, string trio (violin, viola and cello), alto flute, tape

Year:  1996
Duration:  11m
Instrumentation  soprano and mezzo soloists,...

Composer:   Philip Brownlee

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Sample Score

Sample: First 4 pages.

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Based on his grandmother's diaries, the premiere of Philip Brownlee's opera was reviewed by Alan Wells in The Listener. "Here, recorded natural sounds were juxtaposed with live ensemble, taped oral history and its artistically sung rendition, and youthful experience with aging memory."

Commissioned note

Commissioned by The Pocket Opera of Wellington with funding from Creative New Zealand.

Text note

Composer, edited from oral history recordings of his grandmother

Performance history

23 May 1997: Performed by Pocket Opera of Wellington; Bats Theatre, Wellington