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Five Portraits of Women

for Soprano, Solo Horn and Large Ensemble

By Aulis Sallinen

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Mixed Ensemble; Soprano (Full Score)
For Soprano, Solo Horn and Large Ensemble. Composed by Aulis Sallinen (1935-). Music Sales America. Classical. Softcover. Composed 2017. 90 pages. Duration 1500 seconds. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV162602. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.238326).

Item Number: HL.238326

12.0x16.5x0.592 inches. English.

Five Portraits of Women is a set of songs with large ensemble derived by Aulis Sallinen from arias from three of his operas: The Red Line, The King Goes Forth to France and Kullervo. Each draws a portrait of a woman compelled in her role by fate or a mission. The vocal lines differ only very slightly from their original counterparts in the operas but the revised orchestral accompaniment creates an extraordinary new soundscape as background to the arias, consisting as it does of a woodwind orchestra, four cellos, a harp and a piano. There is also a solo French horn which acts as a sort of masculine counterweight to the female vocalist. Five Portraits of Women was commissioned by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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