Christopher Columbus: A Musical Journey
Concert scenario based on the play for broadcasting by Louis MacNiece
Music and texte edited for concert performance by Carl Davis and Patrick Garland
Introduction and Chorus. Ironic Spirit: 'No, it cannot be done'
Dialogue. Columbus: 'My name is Christopher' -
Ironic Spirit: 'You cannot do that alone'
Recitation and Chorus. Ironic Spirit: 'Finding his way by starts and gleams' -
Columbus: 'Now the game is beginning'
Court Music: Sarabande. Isabella: 'Señor Columbus' -
Marquesa's Song. Isabella: 'Down in the Kingdom of Granada' -
Columbus: 'But how can they know?'
Men's Chorus: 'No! No! No!' -
Columbus: 'Go and look at the sunset' -
Columbus: 'I haven't seen her for years' -
Beatriz's Song. Beatriz: 'When will he return?' -
Columbus: 'May I come up?' -
Kyrie. Beatriz: 'You have no right to take a rose from my courtyard' -
Ironic Spirit: 'So, my son, you are leaving Spain?'
Chorus: 'Granada has fallen!' -
Columbus: 'Give me a ship, Your Majesty' -
Fanfare I. Herald: 'On this day, the thirteenth of April' -
Fanfare II. Herald: 'In the name of the Holy Trinity and Eternal Unity' -
Fanafe III. Columbus: 'They have givne me all that I asked'
Introduction: Port Music. Herald: 'Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!'
Woman's Song. Woman Singer: 'There be three ships'
Instrumental Reprise of Beatriz's Song. Beatriz: 'I heard you were due to sail' -
Litany of the Saints. Chorus: 'Per Domimum' -
Capstan Shanty. Tenor Solo: 'We're bound upon a wild goose quest' -
Ironic Spirit: 'On these ships they are singing' -
Shanty. Tenor Solo: 'We've gone away for ever'
Sea Music. Columbus: '''Friday, August the third''' -
Ironic Spirit: 'The sailors steered badly'
Night Music. Columbus: '''Where shall wisdom be found. . .?''' -
Columbus: 'Listen to me, Señores' -
Speaking Chorus. Columbus: 'Gold, Señores, gold. . .' -
Columbus: '''Octoer the eleventh'''
Speaking Chorus. Columbus: 'Stand by for the Dawn!' -
Te Deum. Men's Chorus: 'Te Deum laudamus'
Indian Chorus. Ironic Spirit: 'Look 'ee yonder' -
Fanfare. Columbus: 'In the name of the Holy Trinity' -
Reprise of Indian Chorus: 'Guanahani! Guanahani!'
Dialogue. Isabella: 'Have you heard the news, Your Grace?' -
Speaking Chorus: 'Back from the West' -
Columbus: 'I took three ships'
Finale. Tenor Solo: 'Glory, glory to God'
Hamlet and Ophelia
A poem for Orchestra
Arranged 1967 by Muir Mathieson from the music for the film
Andante doloroso - Con moto, ma espressivo - Lento -
Also available as SACD CHSA 5034
Julian Glover speaker - Christopher Columbus
Jamie Glover speaker - Ironic Spirit/Herald
Caroline Carragher soprano - Isabella
Jean Rigby mezzo-soprano - Beatriz/Woman
Thomas Randle tenor - Solo Tenor
Roderick Williams baritone - Solo Baritone
Philip Lloyd Holtam speaker - Sailor/Voice
Craig Ogden guitar