The music of the American composer Gordon Getty has been performed in such 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.
The first of his three operas, Plump Jack, involving adventures of Shakespeare’s Sir John Falstaff, was premiered by the San Francisco Symphony and has been revived by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Munich Radio Orchestra and the London Philharmonia, among other ensembles. His opera Usher House (after Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher) was first performed by the Welsh National Opera and remounted by the San Francisco Opera. His third opera, The Canterville Ghost (after a tale by Oscar Wilde), received its premiere at the Leipzig Opera. Usher House and The Canterville Ghost were presented together as Scare Pair by the Los Angeles Opera, as well as by the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York.
Joan and the Bells, a cantata portraying the trial and execution of Joan of Arc, has been widely performed, notably at Windsor Castle with Mikhail Pletnev conducting. His ballet Ancestor Suite was given its premiere staging by the Bolshoi Ballet and the Russian National Orchestra at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and has been reprised for performances in China.
Getty enjoys a strong relationship with our label.Beauty Come Dancing was the third album of Getty’s choral work released by PENTATONE. The first was Young America, performed by the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus (Michael Tilson Thomas conducting) and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and the Russian National Orchestra (conducted by Alexander Verdernikov). The second, The Little Match Girl, was recorded with Asher Fisch conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony Choir and the Munich Radio Orchestra.
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; an album of his solo-piano works played by Conrad Tao; and The White Election, a much-performed song cycle on poems by Emily Dickinson, recorded with soprano Lisa Delan. Also, Getty's Four Dickinson Songs appear on Delan's Pentatone album A Certain Slant of Light.
Getty was the subject of the 2016 documentary film There Will Be Music, by director Peter Rosen. PBS broadcast the film around the country in 2017.
His 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
Gordon Getty - Beauty Come Dancing
A Certain Slant of Light
28 September 2018
" Delan clearly believes deeply in both the poetry and the music. The album is superbly recorded and engi...
12 July 2018
Press release: Baarn, The Netherlands, July 2018 In August, PENTATONE releases an enthr...
01 March 2018
Press release: Baarn, The Netherlands, March 2018 Besides the two releases that have already been...
22 May 2017
Press release: Baarn, The Netherlands, May, 2017 In June, PENTATONE releases four very inter...
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...