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In Praise of Alexander | Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
Music inspired by the life and legend of Alexander the Great

date: March 13, 1983

This concert was commissioned by the Royal Ontario Museum at the time of its major exhibit on the life of Alexander.  We included a variety of music inspired by the classical world in general  –  songs by Schubert and by French and English composers, interspersed with the items of Debussy’s suite for piano-duet, Six Epigraphes antiques.  At the heart of the programme were excerpts from two works by Handel, his opera, Alessandro and his oratorio, Alexander’s Feast.  The narration, much of it taken from the writings of the Roman historian, Plutarch, told Alexander’s story.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Die Götter Griechenlands, D677 Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Schiller, Friedrich von
Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d’été (Six Epigraphes antiques) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude n/a
Philoktet, D540 Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Mayrhofer, Johann
Pour un tombeau sans nom (Six Epigraphes antiques) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude n/a
Look not in my eyes (A Shropshire Lad) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Butterworth, George Housman, Alfred Edward
A Grecian Lad (Three Pastels) Ralls, Stephen, piano Ireland, John n/a
Sokrates und Alcibiades, Op.61/3 (Six Hölderlin Fragments) Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Hölderlin, Friedrich
La Cigale, Op.13/4 Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chausson, Ernest Leconte de Lisle, Charles-Marie-René
The song began from Jove (Alexander’s Feast) Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Handel, George Frideric Hamilton, Newburgh
Pour l’Egyptienne (Six Epigraphes antiques) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude n/a
Bacchus ever fair and young (Alexander’s Feast) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Handel, George Frideric Hamilton, Newburgh
Revenge, Timotheus cries (Alexander’s Feast) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Handel, George Frideric Hamilton, Newburgh
Thais led the way (Alexander’s Feast) Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Handel, George Frideric Hamilton, Newburgh
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Lusinghe più care (Alessandro) Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Handel, George Frideric Rolli, Paolo
A sprone, a fren leggiero (Alessandro) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Handel, George Frideric Rolli, Paolo
Aure, fonti (Alessandro) Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Handel, George Frideric Rolli, Paolo
Pour la danseuse aux crotales (Six Epigraphes antiques) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude n/a
Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren, D360 Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Mayrhofer, Johann
Pour remercier la pluie au matin (Six Epigraphes antiques) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude n/a
Ganymed, D544 Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Pour que la nuit soit propice (Six Epigraphes antiques) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude n/a
Hébé: Chanson grecque dans le mode phrygien, Op.2/6 Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Chausson, Ernest Ackermann, Louise