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for voice and orchestra
Text from the Prisoners' Chorus of Beethoven's Fidelio
tenor and orchestra
Product number: LSL 10471
Edition: Performance material

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Gerald Barry considers Ludwig van Beethoven to be the greatest composer that ever lived, and many of his own works draw direct links to Beethoven’s life and music.

‘Some time ago I was in Toronto airport returning to Dublin. When I got through security, Canada suddenly came into my head: a setting of the Fidelio Prisoners’ Chorus for voice and orchestra. Canada, the name and country, is both everyday and strange to me – exotically normal. Canada! What joy in the open air! / Breathing freely again! / Only here is life! Only here! / Speak softly! / We are watched with eyes and ears. ’ (Gerald Barry)

Orchestral Cast


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for voice and orchestra
Text from the Prisoners' Chorus of Beethoven's Fidelio
Translations by the composer
French, German, English
Performance material
Schott Music
Year of composition:
7 ′
World Premiere:
August 21, 2017 · London (UK)
Royal Albert Hall
BBC Proms 2017
Allan Clayton, voice · Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla · City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Commissioned work :
Commissioned by BBC Radio 3

Technical Details

Product number:
LSL 10471


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  • Canada
    Tanglewood Music Festival 2019
    Conductor: Thomas Adès
    Orchestra: Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
    August 12, 2019 | Lenox,MA (United States of America) , Seiji Ozawa Hall — National premiere
  • Canada
    BBC Proms 2017
    Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    August 21, 2017 | London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) , Royal Albert Hall — World premiere
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