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Gordon Getty

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    Usher House: Act I: Prologue: During the whole of a dull, dark and soundless day (Poe) - Christian Elsner , Etienne Dupuis , Phillip Ens , Lisa Delan , Benedict Cumberbatch , The Gulbenkian Orchestra , Lawrence Foster
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    Usher House: Act I Scene 1: Can it be five years my friend? (Roderick, Poe) - Christian Elsner , Etienne Dupuis , Phillip Ens , Lisa Delan , Benedict Cumberbatch , The Gulbenkian Orchestra , Lawrence Foster
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    Usher House: Act I Scene 3: And now it is time to bid our silent farewells (Roderick, Primus, Poe) - Christian Elsner , Etienne Dupuis , Phillip Ens , Lisa Delan , Benedict Cumberbatch , The Gulbenkian Orchestra , Lawrence Foster
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    Homework Suite (version for piano): I. Seascape - Conrad Tao
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    Usher House: Act I Scene 2: Lady Heliane Usher (Attendant, Roderick, Poe) - Christian Elsner , Etienne Dupuis , Phillip Ens , Lisa Delan , Benedict Cumberbatch , The Gulbenkian Orchestra , Lawrence Foster
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The music of the American composer Gordon Getty has been widely performed in North America and Europe in such prestigious venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Vienna’s Brahmssaal, and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and Bolshoi Theatre, as well as at the Aspen, Spoleto, and Bad Kissingen Festivals.
In 1986, he was honored as an Outstanding American Composer at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and he was awarded the 2003 Gold Baton of the American Symphony Orchestra League.
Getty has recently devoted considerable attention to a pair of one-act operas, Usher House (derived from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”) and The Canterville Ghost (after Oscar Wilde’s tale). The former will be premiered in 2014 by the Welsh National Opera. Getty’s first opera, Plump Jack, involving adventures of Shakespeare’s Sir John Falstaff, was premiered by the San Francisco Symphony in 1984 and has been revived by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, and London Philharmonia, among other ensembles. In 2011 the Munich Radio Orchestra and an international cast conducted by Ulf Schirmer performed a new concert version of Plump Jack, which was simulcast on Bavarian Radio and released in 2012 by PentaTone Classics. The same label is preparing the release of Usher House, with Lawrence Foster conducting the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon.

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