Category Archives: Part One

Scene 01 – Shipwreck

(1:27) To Stream (midi orchestra): Shipwreck
(1:28) To Stream (live Jorinda Premiere Sextet (see below*): Shipwreck

Featuring: Nicola Everton, clarinet; Wendy Herbison, violin; Jeff Faragher, cello; Rob Fahie, double bass; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano & synth; John K. Galm, percussion

Synopsis

Once upon a time, it was a dark and stormy night. In the distance, a ship is buffeted on waves of a tempestuous sea.  A young man named Jaren swims to an empty lifeboat. The ship goes under. Exhausted, Jaren collapses into the boat and floats off to wherever the current takes him…

Libretto

(This short intro is performed in mime, or in the case of the Nelson premiere, using shadow puppets, so there is no libretto.)

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Scene 02 – On the Line

(4:29) To Stream (midi orchestra): On the Line

Featuring: Linda Hendry as Grungella and Laura Pudwell as The Witch, with midi orchestra

(4:31) To Stream (live premiere)On the Line

Featuring: Sydney Galbraith-Black as Grungella and Bessie Wapp as The Witch, and  Jorinda Premiere Sextet: Nicola Everton, clarinet; Wendy Herbison, violin; Jeff Faragher, cello; Rob Fahie, double bass; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano & synth; John K. Galm, percussion

Synopsis

In an aviary – like some sort of gothic assembly line – innumerable birdcages are in motion on conveyor belts. Four toads (Edsel, Vixen, Henry & Blitzen) are running on a treadmill, powering the conveyor belts. The cages, contain an assortment of birds (played by members of children’s choir) and extend as far as the eye can see. A slightly more humanized toad (Grungella) is feeding the birds and cleaning cages. Periodically she is yelled at by her boss, the Witch. This only serves to make her flustered and discombobulated. Her problems increase when the exhausted toads take an unscheduled break.

Eventually Grungella gets the toads – and treadmill – moving, all the time the Witch is hurling abuse at her from offstage. In the confusion, she forgets to close one of the cages and the bird Jorinda escapes. Grungella chases the bird with her net. But just as the bird is cornered, the door to the aviary opens. The witch is in the net, the bird is out the door, and Grungella is in trouble…

Libretto

On The Line libretto

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Scene 03 – Fly

(4:30) To Stream (midi orchestra): Fly!

Featuring: Kesia Whonder as Jorinda, Guelph Youth Singers as the clouds & moon, Sarah Boyer, violin

(5:00) To Stream (live premiere): Fly!

Featuring: Allison Girvan as Jorinda, Jorinda Premiere Sextet: Nicola Everton, clarinet; Wendy Herbison, violin; Jeff Faragher, cello; Rob Fahie, double bass; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano & synth; John K. Galm, percussion, and Jorinda Premiere Choir: sopranos: Anneke Rosch, Dianna Ducs, Emma Chart, Julie Johnson Murray, Kristina Hus, Oksana Maslechko; altos: Espoir Segbeaya, Eva McKimm, Pat Henman, Sadie Glockner

Synopsis

Jorinda is flying from the witch’s island with the faint glow of moonlight behind the clouds. The choir members manipulate large cloud shapes and a moon puppet; they sing a wordless chorus as the moon comes out from behind the clouds. The Witch’s enchantment temporarily wears off and Jorinda begins to return to her human form. She starts to fall, but the clouds recover the moon and she flies on. Eventually the moon completely emerges, though, and Jorinda plummets into the ocean.

Libretto

Fly! libretto

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Scene 04 – Waiting!

(4:54) To Stream (midi orchestra): Waiting!

Featuring: Laura Pudwell as The Witch and Linda Hendry as Grungella

(5:07) To Stream (live sextet*): Waiting!

Featuring: Bessie Wapp as The Witch and Sydney Galbraith-Black as Grungella, and  Jorinda Premiere Sextet: Nicola Everton, clarinet; Wendy Herbison, violin; Jeff Faragher, cello; Rob Fahie, double bass; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano & synth; John K. Galm, percussion

Synopsis

The Witch paces like a caged animal. She is waiting for the moon – which saps her energy – to set so she can recapture Jorinda, the jewel in her collection of 7,000 birds. Periodically, Grungella acts as a kind of barometer and sticks her arm out the window. If it looks like a toad’s arm, it means the moon still shines too brightly. When Grungella finds that the moon is setting, the Witch sends her to fetch Blott, her bird of prey.

Libretto

Waiting! libretto

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Scene 05 – Fallen Angel

(5:43) To Stream (midi orchestra): Fallen Angel

Featuring: Thomas Sharpe as Jaren, Maria Pelletier, flute, Sarah Boyer, violin with

(6:11) To Stream (live sextet*): Fallen Angel

Featuring: Roger Ley as Jaren, and Jorinda Premiere Sextet: Nicola Everton, clarinet; Wendy Herbison, violin; Jeff Faragher, cello; Rob Fahie, double bass; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano & synth; John K. Galm, percussion

Synopsis

On the shore of the island, Jaren has made a fire. Nearby, Jorinda is sleeping peacefully. He is captivated by the beautiful young woman who has fallen out of the heavens. Soon, the weary Jaren falls asleep.

Libretto

Fallen Angel libretto

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Scene 06 – Send Blott

(3:29) To Stream: Send Blott

Featuring: Laura Pudwell as The Witch, Linda Hendry as Grungella, Giulia Mandolesi as Blott with midi orchestra

(3:43) To Stream (live premiere): Send Blott

Featuring: Bessie Wapp as The Witch, Sydney Galbraith-Black as Grungella, Emma Chart as Blott, and Jorinda Premiere Sextet: Nicola Everton, clarinet; Wendy Herbison, violin; Jeff Faragher, cello; Rob Fahie, double bass; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano & synth; John K. Galm, percussion

Synopsis

Grungella returns with Blott, the bird of prey. When Grungella determines that the moon has sufficiently set, the Witch raises her eye-patch and bathes Blott in an eerie light. Then she sends Grungella and Blott to bring back Jorinda.

Libretto

Send Blott libretto

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Scene 07 – Dream to Awake

(13:31) To stream (midi orchestra): Dream to Awake part 1 (6:33), part 2 (3:55), & part 3 (3:03)

Featuring: Kesia Whonder as Jorinda, Thomas Sharpe as Jaren, Linda Hendry as Grungella, Sarah Boyer, violin

(14:06) To stream (live premiere): Dream to Awake (one file)

Featuring: Allison Girvan as Jorinda, Roger Ley as Jaren, Sydney Galbraith-Black as Grungella and Jorinda Premiere Sextet: Nicola Everton, clarinet; Wendy Herbison, violin; Jeff Faragher, cello; Rob Fahie, double bass; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano & synth; John K. Galm, percussion

Synopsis

Jorinda wakes abruptly out of a dream of flying and falling. Realizing she is safe and alive – and no longer a bird – she feels tremendous joy. She is fascinated by Jaren sleeping nearby. Soon, however, the moon sets and she is transformed back into a bird. She begins to fly away but lingers.

Jaren awakes. The beautiful girl he rescued is gone. Was it no more than a dream? Jorinda lights in a nearby tree and sings a beautiful birdsong, a song that is somewhat consoling to Jaren. But Jorinda knows that it is not safe to linger longer and she begins to fly off.

Suddenly, Blott attacks, knocking Jorinda from the sky. Grungella captures her and cackles at her success. Jaren listens and realizes that a dark enchantment is at work. He follows as the captors head inland into a forest that becomes more and more foreboding…

Libretto

Dream to Awake libretto

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Scene 08 – Another Day, Another Wart

(4:35) To Stream (midi orchestra): Another Day, Another Wart

Featuring: Laura Pudwell as The Witch

(4:59) To Stream (live premiere): Another Day, Another Wart

Featuring: Bessie Wapp as The Witch and Jorinda Premiere Sextet: Nicola Everton, clarinet; Wendy Herbison, violin; Jeff Faragher, cello; Rob Fahie, double bass; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano & synth; John K. Galm, percussion

Synopsis

The witch is alone, waiting for the return of her servants. She muses about her lot in life. She asks for your pity, but in her typical mercurial fashion, admits that she would happily gobble you up for lunch!

 

Libretto

Another Day, Another Wart libretto

 

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