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Andromeda
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Part 1: all voices with orchestra
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Opus 18
Andromeda   (Part 1)

Written in 1903-05 by Cyril Bradley Rootham (CBR), "Andromeda" is a dramatic choral work based on the eponymous poem by Charles Kingsley. The work is set for soprano, contralto and baritone soli, chorus and orchestra.

About this work

Opus 18 "Andromeda" is a dramatic cantata based on Charles Kingsley's poem of 1852. The work is scored for soprano, contralto and baritone soloists, chorus and full orchestra: the solo roles are Andromeda, Cassiopeia and Perseus.

"Andromeda" is in two parts: a first part of 500 bars and a second part of 802 bars. This web page provides the vocal score and playback for Part 1.


Dedication

Cyril Rootham dedicated the work "To the memory of my mother ": Mary Rootham (née Gimblett Evans) who had died on 24 May 1901 aged only 51. Truly the composer must have poured all his energy into creating this monumental work.


First performance

The work was first performed at the Bristol Musical Festival in 1909, probably in the Colston Hall which had been rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1898 and reopened in 1901. It can surely be no coincidence that CBR's father (Daniel Wilberforce Rootham) was the musical director of the Bristol Festival Chorus.

Andromeda: original vocal score

Op.18 "Andromeda": original vocal score proof
(Novello, 1908)

 

Publication status

By permission of the Master and Fellows of St. John's College, Cambridge
We are very grateful to St. John's College for making available the original manuscript of the full score held in their Special Collections Library, thus allowing us finally to publish this major work more than 100 years after its composition.

Back in 1908 the vocal score was engraved and printed in proof form by Novello to enable the first performance, but in the end the work was never published. We are most grateful to Lewis Foreman for loaning his copy of the original vocal score, and to Alistair Jones who has typeset the entire new vocal score and full score.
 


About this recording

Disclaimer   In the absence of a live recording, we can only play a synthesized MP3 file generated from the typeset score. This can be used to gain a rough impression of the work and for practice purposes.

This MP3 practice file was generated using the NotePerformer software, and we are very grateful to Stewart Thompson for his help in creating the recording.