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Tarik O'Regan

Publisher: Novello & Co

Solitude Trilogy (2010)
Text Writer
1. WB Yeats 2. Edward Thomas 3. WB Yeats
Novello & Co Ltd
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
20 Minutes

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Tarik O'Regan Solitude Trilogy (2010)
Solitude Trilogy takes for its title that of a series of three radio documentaries made by Canadian pianist Glenn Gould for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation between 1967 and 1977 (The Idea of North, The Latecomers & The Quiet in the Land). One might describe each of these documentaries as "contrapuntal radio", for the recordings of the interviewees are edited by Gould to overlap and run simultaneously for long periods of time.

My work, which sets three poems (two by William Butler Yeats and one by Edward Thomas) in three movements, echoes Gould's fascination with the ambiguity of withdrawal. In each text, however, it is a bird which stands for the character of isolation. The strings, harp, solo singers and chorus provide a gently contrapuntal commentary on Gould's vision throughout the piece.

Tarik O'Regan

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  • 05 NOV 2010
    Solitude Trilogy World Premiere
    Chan Theater, Vancouver, Canada
    Vancouver Chamber Choir

The piece is, to put it bluntly, exquisite. The music... conveys a sense of distance and isolation and plays on the polarity of birds and human beings, that is, the distance that exists between them. The unattainability of birds is a kind of objective correlative of the piece, which uses birds to say something very touching about the human condition. The music is beautifully written and as skillfully scored for the instruments as it is for voice. Full review
Lloyd Dykk, Georgia Straight (Vancouver),11/8/2010
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