la tristesse durera toujours
7 Mar 2011
Geoffrey Gordon's chamber/vocal work after the letters of Vincent Van Gogh, in a performance by French new music group, Ensemble Aleph, at the Theatre Dunois, Paris, 25 May 2004. PROGRAM NOTE: Among the literally thousands of letters written by Vincent Van Gogh during his lifetime--and as a group they provide an unprecedented portrait of his life and state of mind--are a series written to his brother, Theo, during the last two years of his life, 1888-1890. Although Dutch by birth, and despite having written the vast majority of his correspondence in his native language, Van Gogh chose to write these letters in French. And what French. Poetic, quirky and expressive, these letters, in this language, at this time in his troubled, productive, tortured and beautiful life, form an astonishing window into genius and humanity. I have surveyed these letters, stripped out admittedly utterly subjective fragments, and thereby created the libretto for la tristesse durera toujours. (The tit

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Gordon: A Canticle in Shards
Gordon: Lux solis aeterna
Gordon: Bright White Smooth
Gordon: Fancywork
Gordon: La tristesse durera toujours
Gordon: Ink on Paper
Gordon: Shock Diamonds
Gordon: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Cello
Gordon: Meditation and Allegro for Viola and Chamber Ensemble
Gordon: Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra
Gordon: Abaciscus (for string quartet)
Gordon: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (after Thomas Mann's Doktor Faustus)
Gordon: Duo Sonata
Gordon: Winterleben
Gordon: FATHOMS: Five Impressions of Shakespeare's The Tempest (with Prelude) for cello and piano
Gordon: Crucifixus (for SSAATTBB and solo cello)
Gordon: PUCK - fleeing from the dawn
Gordon: Prometheus: a concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra after Kafka

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