Paul Alan Barker, Composer

The Pillow Song
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The Pillow Song

chamber opera after Sei Shonagan

Premiere 1988

The London International Opera Festival.

Libretto by the composer after autobiography of Sei Shonagan,

The Pillow Book;

Composer conducting and playing solo percussion,

directed by Akemi Horie with Modern Music Theatre Troupe.

For soprano, chorus of 4 sopranos and 1 percussion.

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 Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, 1994,

Caroline Pope director, Susan Stockwell designer:

Modern Music Theatre Troupe


Excerpt from The PIllow Song

Years pass. Age comes my way.

Come to me my lover. Drive my tears away:

    *KATACHI WA YOYO NI KAWARU TOMO,

     KEMURI WA TAEJI...”

(tr: although our forms may change,

      smoke continues without abate;

      and although the nights on which we meet

      become further apart, our hearts are bound together.)

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Production History:

Premiere 1.6.88; MMTT, London International Opera Festival; dir. Akemi Horie.

2nd production by Sally Langford, Mansfield Festival and Arts Council tour 1991.

3rd production by Caroline Pope des. Susan Stockwell for MMTT tour, 1994.

4th production: scenes incorporated at Trinity College of Music production, 1996.

5th production: Festival Música y Escena, México City, February 2003 Televised for Canal 22, Mexico

6th production: University of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, 2003

7th production: Centro de los Artes Nationales, Mexico City, Mexico 2004

Recorded for CD Entre Palabras 2004 Commissioned with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain.

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Ricardo Gallardo, The Pillow Song, Mexico 2005