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Bryan Kelly
CALYPSO'S ISLE for orchestra
Goodmusic Concert Originals No.166

Catalogue Number: GMCO166

Difficulty level: C What's this?

ISMN: 9790222308510

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Orchestration: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes (2nd optional), 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns in F (3rd & 4th optional),
2 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, Timpani, Percussion (1 player: Bass Drum, Suspended Cymbal), Harp
Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass)

Calypso was a beautiful nymph in Greek mythology, who lived on the island of Ogygia. In Homer's Odyssey, Calypso attempts to keep the fabled Greek hero Odysseus on her island to make him her immortal husband. She kept Odysseus prisoner at Ogygia for seven years, enchanting him with her singing as she moved to and fro, weaving on her loom with a golden shuttle. Odysseus soon comes to wish for circumstances to change. He can no longer bear being separated from his wife Penelope. His patron goddess Athena asks Zeus to order the release of Odysseus from the island, and Zeus orders the messenger Hermes to tell Calypso to set Odysseus free, for it was not his destiny to live with her forever. She angrily comments on how the gods hate goddesses having affairs with mortals, but eventually concedes, sending Odysseus on his way after providing him with wine, bread, and the materials for a raft.
Calypso's Isle has a rather sinister feel about it; whilst Calypso and her island may appear beautiful and idyllic she hides her intent to imprison Odysseus. The name Calypso derives from the Greek kalypto meaning "to cover", "to conceal", "to hide", or "to deceive".
Calypso's Isle was originally an orchestral interlude in Bryan Kelly's 1999 choral work entitled Look, stranger, at this island published by Roberton/Goodmusic. The 2nd oboe only doubles the 1st in places and Horns 3 & 4 double Horns 1 & 2 on occasions and so these instruments may be omitted.

Duration 4½ minutes
A PACK includes a score and complete set of orchestral parts including strings 4/4/3/4/2.

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