Alison Morgan, Jenny Duck​-​Chong, Kammerklang Chamber Orchestra, Sadaharu Muramatsu - Orphic Hymn #9: Selene (Cameron Lam)

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Orphic Hymn #9 is chronologically the second of the 87 Orphic Hymns I have set and is dedicated to Selene, the Greek moon goddess. Programmatically, the piece follows the ritual of two moon priestesses; one a wise old crone, the mezzo-soprano, and the soprano, a naïve apprentice. These characters present the original Ancient Greek text as well as the English translation, prepared by Karl Hand, highlighting their different viewpoints on the mystical nature of the moon.

This piece was commissioned by Kammerklang for Halcyon vocalists, soprano Alison Morgan and mezzo Jenny Duck-Chong with the assistance of a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Composer Bio: Cameron Lam (b.1989)

Cameron is a Sydney-based composer and artistic administrator who, over the last six years, as President of the Sydney Eclectic Composers Society (2007-2009) and Artistic Director of hybrid-art production company, Kammerklang (2009, ongoing), has commissioned and presented over 150 new musical works by young and emerging Australian composers. While completing his Bachelor of Music Composition degree (with Honours) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Cameron worked with a range of university groups as well as stage managing for Ensemble Offspring, Electrofringe, Newcastle’s “This Is Not Art” Festival, and Sydney’s vocal chamber music specialists, Halcyon.

As a composer, Cameron has written for a variety of ensembles, from intimate chamber music to large scale works for voices and orchestra, to varying degrees of acclaim. Orphic Hymn #3: Nyx (Night) was winner of the University of Sydney’s 2009 PALM People’s Choice Award, while Orphic Hymn #9: Selene (The Moon) was commissioned by the Australia Council for the Arts to be premiered by Kammerklang and Halcyon in 2010. Cameron is currently completing his first concerto, entitled Electric Phoenix, composed for EWI (wind synthesiser) and orchestra, for long-time collaborator Peter Smith.


Orphic Hymn #9: To Selene
(translated by Karl Hand)

Hear us, Holy Queen,
who sends the light through Selene!
Bull-horned moon! Running in the night, and
wandering through the sky.

You are of the night: Fire-brand, maiden, lovely star.
You develop and then you depart.
You are woman
and you are man.

Fond of horses.
Mother of time, and
the bringer of harvest.

Amber and sullen.
Glittering in the night.
Keeping watch over all,
and teeming with pretty stars.

Rejoice in your solitude,
in the heritage of this
peaceful moment.

O exalted bringer of joy.
Bringer of maturity.
The glory of Night.

Robed star Queen.
Runner of labyrinthine paths.
All wise maiden.

Come blessed, gentle, lovely-star.
Shine in your
three ways.

Exalted One,
and Saviour of new initiates,


from Kammerklang: Alpha, released January 29, 2013
Composer: Cameron Lam
Translator: Karl Hand
Solo Soprano: Alison Morgan
Solo Mezzo Soprano: Jenny Duck-Chong
Sound Engineer: Jayson McBride
Conductor: Sadaharu Muramatsu

Recorded for Kammerklang Vox


Flutes: Shaun Barlow, Owen Salome
Oboes: Toby Thatcher, Matt Bubb
Clarinets: Toby Armstrong, Peter Smith
Saxophones: Nathan Henshaw, Paul Zaborac
Bassoons: Jakab Kaufmann, Cameron Burnes
Horns: Seb Dunn, Kartini Suharto-Martin, Cindy Sims

Percussion: Daniel Luscombe, Morgan Merrell
Piano: Jacob Abela, Jack Symonds, Vatche Jambazian
Keyboard: Amy Bastow
Harp: Genevieve Lang, Verna Lee, Claire McDonogh, Maryanne Tucker

Violins: Justin Leong, Colin Tripolone, Carol Tang, Adam Wasiel, Davide Quincey, Ben Adler, Victor Wu, Liz Stanton, Klara Morrison, Michelle Blewett, Ting Lee
Violas: Tara Hashambhoy, John Faye, Luke Spicer, Dominic Meagher, James Wannan
Cellos: Julienne Guerbois, Emma Trevena, Anthony Albrecht, Lucy Price
Double Basses: James Menzies, Steven Adler, Elsen Price, Brigitte Wirfler, Brian Sim


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