Brooke Green

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Dr Stevenson’s Medley

To record the Misereres by Renaissance composer Robert Stevenson. Written for 6 part viols, only 4 parts survive. The missing 2 parts to be included are composed by Brooke Green for a World Premiere recording!

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Dr Robert Stevenson was a highly regarded organist and composer at Chester Cathedral, U.K. His Misereres (c.1596), are his only extant instrumental work. Written for 6 part viols, only 4 parts remain. Brooke Green (2019 Blakeman National Composition Prize), has taken up the challenge to compose the missing 2 parts in Renaissance style.

These are polyphonic works, dramatic and expressive, comparable to music by William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons and Robert Parsons. Each player has a distinctive, independent part. Hidden in the middle is the “Miserere mihi Domine: Lord have mercy on me”. Each Miserere has strong characterisation, inspiring Brooke to create these titles: Convocation, Consternation, Consolation, Campanology, Cogitation, Kite Flying, Cuckoo.

Some of Sydney’s finest viol players will record the Misereres: Daniel Yeadon, Anton Baba, Anthea Cottee, Brooke Green, Catherine Upex and Annika Stagg. Unfortunately the wonderful Laura Vaughan who usually plays with us is in lockdown in Melbourne. Our Audio Engineer is Ross Ahern (Opera house, SSO, ABC).

The recording will be part of Josie and the Emeralds’ next CD. ABC Classic has expressed interest in broadcasting the recording. We are also making seven short videos, one for each of the Misereres. Brooke intends to publish the Miserere scores so they will be available for other players.

For biographies and videos of Brooke Green and the performers visit www.josieandtheemeralds.com

The Misererefest was initiated by Loren Ludwig (USA) and LeStrange Viols, who transcribed the extant four parts and put out the call for composers to try their hand at completing the missing two parts: www.lestrangeviols.org/misererefest

With Covid-19 restrictions in place, it will be some time before the Misererefest can be realised in the USA. In the meantime, Loren has given Brooke’s project his blessing. We would be super grateful if you can give yours too!

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Brooke Green

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Founded in 2011, Josie and the Emeralds are Josie Ryan, soprano and some of Australia’s finest viol players such as Laura Vaughan, Laura Moore, Fiona Ziegler, Catherine Upex, Alice Chance, Imogen Granwal, Annika Stagg, Anthea Cottee and Margo Adelson. Guest artists have included Wendy Gillespie, Lisa Terry, Mary Springfels and Sarah Mead, Rebecca Humphrey, (all from USA), Joelle Morton (Canada), Elizabeth Rumsey, (Switzerland), Jacques Emery and Belinda Montgomery.

Josie and the Emeralds have received critical acclaim for their nuanced and innovative performances of medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music. Their recordings have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM and Fine Music.

Their CD The Emerald Leopard (Tall Poppies TP233) includes works by Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Morley, Ross Edwards, Elena Kats-Chernin Andrea Pandolfo and Brooke Green.

Various works by Brooke Green originally written for Josie and the Emeralds have appeared in other guises. The Shades won the audience and judges’ prize at the Viola da Gamba Society of America’s Traynor Competition for New Viol Music 2013. Reza Barati has been arranged for Latitude 37, Melbourne Metropolis Festival, 2017 and for Camerata, Queensland Music Festival, 2017. Perfumed with Blood has been arranged for orchestra for The Bourbaki Ensemble. Shades of Presence Past and Emerald Elixirs are published by PRB Music, California with Two In Nomines due for publication in 2018.

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