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Book of the Dead, Art Song Fund

$750 of $750 goal

Raised by 11 people in 8 months
Created October 2, 2018
This fall, the American composer, Robert Strobel ( https://bobontheluge.wixsite.com/robert-strobel https://soundcloud.com/robert-strobel-314752650/sets/on-the-life-of-roses) and Canadian lyricist and poet Barbara Black ( https://www.barbarablack.ca) are undertaking an art song cycle based on The Egyptian Book of the Dead, also known as The Book of Going Forth by Day. This work will be scored for baritone voice and piano to be performed and recorded by American baritone Harrison Hintzsche ( https://harrisonhintzsche.com https://soundcloud.com/harrisonhintz/lharmonie-du-soir-claude). Supporting this project will create relevant new art music for the recital hall and will ensure that the collaborating composer and lyricist can create an excellent and engaging piece for a contemporary audience and be supported in the process. We are inviting interested donors to help fund the project and bring it to completion. Thank you for your interest in supporting new art music. Funding is due December 15, 2018. Those who donate to the work will be mentioned in the second page of the score under various donation levels.
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Hello Donors! Congratulations: the work is finished. Thank you for all for your support.

For the score and audio mock up, you can find it here: https://app.box.com/s/bxogzn6rsj886gfbu42w2e6vp3dguer3

Acknowledgements to donors are on the second page of the score! Thank you all again so much!

Robert Strobel
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Greetings funders and interested spectators! We have finished the fundraiser for the Book of the Dead Project. Thank you all so much for the support. Robert Strobel is still working on the piece, which he plans to be finished by the middle of December. More updates about the project will follow! Thank you all again! Robert.
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GoFundMe Update: October 11, 2018

After extensive research and a week writing in private residency, Barbara has successfully completed five texts for the project. Her goal was to bring the text forward for a contemporary audience by basing the material in a more immediate and emotional context. The song cycle as it exists at the moment, begins with a Prayer to Remain Whole in the Afterlife, and progresses through a Transformation into a Blue Lotus, a Spell Against a Crocodile in the Underworld, a Spell to Become the Sun-god Scarab, and finally, an invocation of the Ceremony for Opening the Mouth of the Deceased, which is a ritual to restore sight, speech, and all other senses to the deceased in the afterlife.

The texts are now in Robert’s hands, and he will determine the order for the song cycle and begin thoughts on musical settings for the texts. (Picture is the God Anubis and mummy)
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$750 of $750 goal

Raised by 11 people in 8 months
Created October 2, 2018
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$90
Freeman Bedwell
7 months ago
DG
$30
David Greer
7 months ago
TC
$100
Terry Ann Carter
8 months ago
$25
Anonymous
8 months ago
HH
$50
Harrison Hintzsche
8 months ago
SP
$75
Sarah Price
8 months ago
PS
$50
Peter Strobel
8 months ago
$5
Austin Ballard
8 months ago
BH
$25
Brenda Havlicak
8 months ago
RR
$250
Raymond Rosenkranz
8 months ago
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