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The Making Of Pilate’s Wife 4

The final section of Act I has been completed. Here is the action. Deborah departs and sends Darius, Pilate’s servant, to Procula. The final scene of this act includes the entrance of Pilate and his interaction with Procula revealing their relationship. I wanted Pilate to have something special in his music so I used a synthetic scale and worked to give him a military air. At one point in his interplay with Procula he expresses his frustration with the Jewish people. “I think this city is accursed! Why? Why can’t these people see Roman rule is fair and just. Roman rule is fair and just. Why? Why must they be so obstinate?” Click here for an example (remember that these are MIDI files without words).

I also want people to see the loving relationship between Pilate and Procula. Some of the music of the opening aria returns, this time cast as a duet. The couple reflect on Pilate’s appointment as procurator of Judea, Procula:” I remember that day when you told me your good news.” Pilate: “I had been appointed the Prefect of Judea. That posting was an important step in my career.” Both: “Best of all it meant we would marry.” Click here.

They sing of their wedding in Rome, Procula: “I remember our wedding.” Pilate: “I remember your flame-colored veil.” Both: “I remember our love fulfilled.” Click here.

They remember their honeymoon voyage to Caesarea, Judea’s seat of government, Pilate and Procula: “Then came our journey across the sea. Sunny days, warm nights.” Click here.

Then they recall the difficult times in Jerusalem and the possible results of the treason of Pilate’s mentor, Sejanus, and their fears of trouble at Passover time.

Deciding to turn from their somber thoughts and enjoy the evening together, they drift away to dinner as the curtain closes, Procula: “Ah, Pilate, let us not think about that tonight. Let us enjoy this evening.” Pilate: “Ah, yes, you are right, dear Procula. Let us enjoy our time together.” Both: “Our time together.” Click here.

A Voice From The Past

In 1995 the Istropolis Quintet (Slovakia) recorded my woodwind quintet, Gli intrighi d’amore (The Intrigues of Love), for the MMC label. Due to some unforeseen problems the CD containing this work (and my orchestra piece, Seven, A Suite for Orchestra) was not released until 2002.

Recently, Marian Turner, leader of the Istropolis Quintet, contacted me about the quintet’s plan to release a two CD album in late 2013 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the group. I am honored that the quintet intends to include my Gli intrighi d’amore on the album.

Mr. Turner informed me that, after they made the recording in 1995, they gave a number of performances of Gli intrighi d’amore during the quintet’s tour of Spain. The group gave concerts in Barcelona, Girona, Lerida, Tarragona, Sabadell and other cities of northern Spain. The quintet is done with narration. In the performances a Spanish actress did the narration using various masks to represent the different characters involved in the composition.

Also the group performed Gli intrighi d’amore several times in Bratislava (the capital of Slovakia) for its concerts for young audiences. Mr. Turner said, “It was always accepted with a big success.”

Recent Performances

A new scene from Pilate’s Wife was performed Monday, February 26, 2013, at a private home with the composer as Procula, Pilate’s wife, Jan Nelson as Deborah, the Jewish maid, and Eileen Huston at the piano.

We’re Marching to Zion, Jerry Casey’s arrangement of the hymn tune for organ, was performed at the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) Region V Conference, April 11-13, 2013, at Clarke College, Dubuque, IA.

Three Moods for French horn and piano was performed on the “Sundays at the Huntington” concert sponsored by Women in Music – Columbus on Sunday, November 4, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. Performers were Helen Doerring, horn, and Phyllis Byard, piano. This work was also performed on Saturday, November 3, 2012, for Saturday Music Club at Worthington Community of Christ Church, Worthington, Ohio with the same performers.

The three scheduled performances of the new scene from Pilate’s Wife were cancelled because of the death of a family member of one of the performers. Instead Jerry Casey performed the opening aria, “Jerusalem! Caesarea! Rome!” for the Worthington Music Club, Monday, November 5, 2012, at a private home. Three Christmas songs by Jerry Casey were presented at the Women in Music – Columbus Member Musicale on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at a private home. Performers for both events were Jerry Casey, soprano, and Eileen Huston, piano.

International Alliance of Women in Music Annual Concert 2012

Jerry Casey’s composition Oh, Death, Rock Me Asleep (poetry of Anne Boleyn, for soprano and solo violin) was selected for the International Alliance of Women in Music (IAWM) Annual Concert 2012, which was performed by Ensemble Pi at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as part of the Livewire Festival of Contemporary Music on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm.

This work appears on Jerry’s recently released CD Yet, I Will Rejoice. Performers on the CD are Jessica Kahn, soprano and Erica Donahoe, violin.

Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers Conference

The regional conference of Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC) held on November 5, 2011, at Nyack College, Nyack, New York, featured three of Jerry Casey’s works, Mine Were the Hands for voice and piano, recording of Prelude from Seven (A Suite for Orchestra) paired with the photograph, “Forest Light” (Paul Kiler), and the hymn tune Circle of Thorn (hymnody of Richard Leach).

Columbus Music Teachers Association Program

The Columbus Music Teachers Association (CMTA) (established 1930) numbers many fine central Ohio teachers among its membership including several Columbus Symphony Orchestra members. CMTA’s first program of the year, October 31, 2011, in a private home, featured works of Jerry Casey performed by members of the group and a few guests. These compositions included:

  • Our Love Mirrored (Violin and Piano), a world premiere, David Niwa, violin, Mariko Kaneda, piano
  • Celebrate 25! (Piano Trio): Leonid Polonsky, violin, Cora Kuyvenhoven, cello, Nina Polonsky, piano
  • One, Yet Different (String Quartet): David Niwa; Mako McEldowney, Ken Matsuda, Ruruko Makino
  • Seven (A Suite for Piano): Madeline Karn, piano
  • Fiesta, (piano four-hand): Laura Flowers Benson and Nightengale Chen
  • By Request (a collection of student pieces): Laura Flowers Benson, piano
  • O, Death, Rock My Asleep (Soprano and solo violin): Jessica Kahn, soprano, Henry Ma, violin
  • Out of the Depths (2009 Marilynn Etzel Piano Commission by the Iowa Composers Forum),Kathleen Sadoff, piano
  • Swingin’ Suite for Two Cellos, Renee Goubeaux and Cora Kuyvenhoven, cellos

Click here for pictures from the program.