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Rockaby
(For singer, four trombones, and piano on the text of Samuel Beckett)

 

Table of Contents

1. General Description

2. PDF Score

3. YouTube Video of Rockaby

4. Photo Gallery

 

 

1. General Description

 

For singing actress and tape of voice, four trombones and piano; text of Samuel Beckett. (25 minutes)  Premiere: Staatstheater Kassel, April 25, 1986        

 

In Rockaby we hear the whispered thoughts of an old woman during the last twenty-five minutes of her life accompanied by the dirge of four distant trombones.  “Those arms at last…”

                                                                     

          

 

 

 

 

2. PDF Score

 

The score of Rockaby is downloadable in two sizes.  We recommend the larger tabloid size for learning the work, or for reading it online.  The legal paper size score can be used later for simpler handling.  The score can also be reduced to letter or A4 sizes, but the print is rather small.

 

Rockaby, tabloid size paper (11X17 inches) 

In EU print on A3 paper.

 

Rockaby, legal size paper (8.5X14 inches)  

In EU print on A3 paper and trim to 21.59 X 35.56 cm)

 

(In case of possible errors in the Finale score, comparisons can be made with the original ink copy which is here.)

 

 

4. A video score of Rockaby

 

Abbie Conant, actress, singer, all four trombones

Pierre Oser, piano

William Osborne: Composer/Director

 

The recording was made in the studio of Orchester Graunke in Munich in 1985 in a late night session when we were allowed to use the studio during its off hours.  (This was long before digital recording. We have what might be a better quality recording on a 15 inch/second tape, but we need to find a machine that can play it, so check back later to see if we've updated the streaming recording.) 

 

 

 

 

 

3. YouTube Video of Rockaby

 

Abbie Conant, actress, singer, all four trombones

Pierre Oser, piano

Sarah Kaplan: stage technician
William Osborne: Composer/Director: 

Theater am Sozialamt, Munich, May 1987

 

Under production.  Check back soon!

 

 

4. Slide Show of Rockaby

 

 

 

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