From the Book of Disquiet


collected music for alto, oboe and viols or strings
Alto, Mixed Chamber Ensemble, Oboe/Cor Anglais
from Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet, translated by Richard Zenith. The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. Edited and translated by Richard Zenith 2001

From the Book of Disquiet was commissioned by Nicholas Daniel

First Performance
viol versions: 2.11.2001, St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, East Sussex, UK: Nicholas Daniel/Fretwork string versions: 6.2.2005, Chelmsford Civic Centre, Chelmsford, UK: Michael Chance/Nicholas Daniel/Britten Sinfonia

Score and parts for hire

Also available separately:

Three Capriccios for oboe (2001)
Three Arias for oboe and six viols (2001) 
Three Arias for oboe and strings (2005) 
Three Fantasias for six viols (2001) 
Three Fantasias for strings (2005) 
Three Songs for alto and six viols (2001) 
Three Songs for alto and strings (2003) 
Three Songs for alto and piano (2002)

Programme Notes
When the writer Fernando Pessoa died in in Lisbon in 1935, he left behind a large trunk full of poetry, horoscopes, unfinished stories, essays, plays, translations, letters and journals, typed, handwritten or scrawled in Portuguese, English and French. He wrote on the backs of letters, on handbills, envelopes and scraps of paper. He described ‘The Book of Disquiet’ as ‘fragments, fragments, fragments’.
In the spirit of Pessoa, I have made a loose-leaf collection of short pieces: three for strings (Three Fantasias), three for solo oboe (Three Capriccios), three for alto voice and strings (Three Songs) and three for oboe with strings (Three Arias). The songs are settings of texts by Pessoa and the fantasias and arias have titles drawn from ‘The Book of Disquiet’. The performers can make their own selection and order.
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