The Realside

For solo soprano, solo tenor, SATB choir and organ

1999

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The RealsideJoe Duddell
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COMMISSIONED BY  |  BBC Singers

PROGRAMME NOTE  | The Realside is an attempt to reconcile the dichotomy of feelings towards religion and, in particular, the notion of an ‘after life’ from an agnostic point of viewpoint.  The text was dervied from various sources such as the Bible, poetry and lyrics from pop songs which are paraphrased or alluded to not only in the text but also in the music.

The solo soprano represents the spiritual side of the argument, whereas the solo tenor represents the agnostic, pessimistic side.  There is no narrative as such, but there are discernible sections which correspond to certain experiences and thoughts.  The tonal language is diatonic to ensure that the ‘pop’ elements can be fully integrated into the composition without sounding alien to the work as a whole.

KEY PERFORMANCES  | 

World Premiere  |  BBC Singers 75th anniversary

17.09.1999 

Venue  |  St Johns, London, UK

Conductor  |  Bo Holton

Performers  |  BBC Singers, Her Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornets

Spitalfields Festival

04.06.2001 

Venue  |  Spitalfields, London, UK

Conductor  |  Stephen Cleobury

Performers  |  BBC Singers / Her Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts

National Premiere

11.09.2002 

Venue  |  St. Michael's Episcopal Church, New York, USA

Performers  |  Choir of St. Michael's New York; Clare College Choir

 

Performance

03.11.2006 

Venue  | Temple Church, London, UK

Conductor  |  Mark Forkgen

Performers  |  Canticum

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