The music of 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. Getty’s earliest opera, Plump Jack, was first performed by the San Francisco Symphony and was revived in concert version by Ulf Schirmer and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, a performance which was simulcast on Bavarian Radio. Getty’s opera, The Canterville Ghost, based on the story by Oscar Wilde, premiered at Oper Leipzig. Another Gothic themed one-act opera, Usher House, was staged by Welsh National Opera and San Francisco Opera. Both operas are slated to be performed together as a double bill at Los Angeles Opera and the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York.
Getty’s Joan and the Bells, a cantata portraying the trial and execution of Joan of Arc, has been performed throughout the US, Europe and Russia, notably at Windsor Castle with Mikhail Pletnev conducting. His ballet Ancestor Suite was given its premiere staging by the Bolshoi Ballet and Russian National Orchestra at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
PENTATONE and Gordon Getty have a long and fruitful relationship. In addition to his three operas and Joan and the Bells, PENTATONE has released an album devoted to six of his orchestral pieces, with Sir Neville Marriner conducting the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; two albums of choral works, Young America and The Little Match Girl; an album of the composer’s solo-piano works played by Conrad Tao; and The White Election, a much-performed song cycle on poems by Emily Dickinson. Other song cycles include Poor Peter and Four Dickinson Songs, both recorded by Lisa Delan and pianist Kristin Pankonin on their PENTATONE recitals And If the Song Be Worth a Smile and The Hours Begin to Sing.
Getty’s music is published by Rork Music.
Gordon Getty - Usher House
Gordon Getty - Piano Pieces
The Hours Begin to Sing
Gordon Getty - Joan and the bells & Serge Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet
Gordon Getty - Plump Jack
Gordon Getty - Young America Choral Works
The White Election / Song cycle
And if the song be worth a smile
Gordon Getty - Orchestral Music
Getty - The Little Match Girl
DECEMBER CELEBRATION New Carols by Seven American Composers
Gordon Getty - The Canterville Ghost
OUT OF THE SHADOWS Rediscovered American Art Songs
A Certain Slant of Light
22 May 2017
Press release: Baarn, The Netherlands, May, 2017 In June, PENTATONE releases four very in...
06 May 2017
" Wilde has given us one, in short story form, of unique beauty and genius. We laug...
08 February 2017
"Delan has a light voice... her musicianship and responsiveness to the text are never in question. Kevin Ko...
12 June 2014
Backstage and Gordon Getty's thoughts on " Usher House " This opera, for which Gordon Getty...
12 June 2014
Gordon Getty's opera receives its World Premiere at the Welsh National Opera On Friday, 13 June...