Instrumentation

6 vln.vla.2 vlc.db

Availability

Score 0571512895 and solo viola part 0571558518 (fp) on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes

John Woolrich after Monteverdi Ulysses Awakes (1989) There are two great arias at the beginning of Monteverdi’s opera ‘Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria’: one for Penelope, and this one for Ulysses, waking on the shore of his homeland. In this retelling, the viola sings Ulysses. Ulysses Awakes was commissioned by Gavin Henderson for Dartington International Summer School and first performed here by Clare Finnimore and the Guildhall String Ensemble on August 11th 1989.

© John Woolrich

Reviews

'Woolrich’s beautiful response to Monteverdi has already acquired contemporary classic status'
The Observer (Nicholas Kenyon), 2 September 2018

Ulysses Awakes

St George's Hall Concert Room (Liverpool, United Kingdom)

Lawrence Power, Ensemble 10/10