About Jorinda

“Jorinda has been a long-term project for me.I sketched out several sections back in 1995 – writing both the music and libretto – and returned to it about 10 years later to complete the first draft in 2007. The genesis of the work goes back to the 1980’s when I wrote a story outline adapted from one of the Grimms’ Tales I read to our children. I kept the story in mind, hoping to use it someday as the basis of a musical theatre work. And here it is. I hope you enjoy it.”

Jorinda is in two acts and totals one hour and thirty-five minutes of music. It requires four soloists: soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto and tenor, plus one soprano for a bit part in one scene. It is scored for a chamber orchestra of strings, flute, oboe and bassoon, two percussionists (one playing drum set), piano, and a synthesiser.

For the premiere in Nelson, BC in November 2015, Jamieson arranged the music for a talented sextet: Nicola Everton, clarinet; Wendy Herbison, violin; Jeff Faragher, cello; Rob Fahie, double-bass; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, keyboards; and John Galm, drums and percussion. The recordings from the premiere have been added to the scenes along with the above-mentioned recordings.

2 Responses to About Jorinda

  1. Steve Fawcett says:

    This website is missing something – a little information about Doug Jamieson. How long in Nelson? where from? what music education and/or experience? got a day job? family?

    • Doug says:

      I have lived in Nelson since August 2013. Prior to that, my wife and I would visit the city annually since out daughter lives in the area. We were based in Eden Mills, Ontario for 21 years, before moving to BC.
      - Doug

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