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Our commission from composer Jonathan Dove is on the way for the 2015-18 seasons

Arion and the Dolphin, a dramatic cantata for countertenor or alto solo, children’s choir, adult mixed choir, two pianos and percussion, will be available from July 2015.

Jonathan Dove writes:

Arion is a young poet from Corinth who wins first prize in a singing contest in Sicily. During his voyage home, the sailors plot to kill him and keep his prize-money. Arion begs to sing one last song, and they allow him. His song draws dolphins to the ship. As soon as he finishes his song, he jumps overboard and is rescued by one of the dolphins who carries him to safety. The dolphin ends among the stars, as the constellation Delphinus. 

The story is told as a sequence of songs, with a soloist as Arion, tenors and basses as the sailors, and children’s voices representing the dolphin. The colourful instrumentation is suggested by a popular arrangement of Carmina Burana, so that Arion and the Dolphin may be performed as a companion-piece. 

To give you the opportunity to explore Jonathan’s music further, Edition Peters are making his ‘Ah Sunflower’ from The Passing of the Year available for free download exclusively for Making Music members right now.

For the access code to this, information on pricing and availability of Arion and the Dolphin, and Schott’s accompanying exclusive special offer for Carmina Burana, please visit our resources area and search filter by 'discounts'. The score for Arion and the Dolphin will be available from July 2015.