Nellie 250 px

Nellie – Grade 4.5

Composed by Jayne Groves, Matt Moore. Score, Set of Parts. 134 pages. Published by Sticks and Staves (S0.482707). Item Number: S0.482707

Duration 6 minutes 40 seconds

This composition is a response to a letter, dated Sept 21st 1880, from the engineer of the S.S. Gwendoline to the wife of Donald Thompson, the ship’s Captain. The four pages contain a detailed and tender account of tragic events at sea leading to the death of Captain Thompson: a storm; a crush injury sustained as the Captain himself carried out a dangerous repair; his crew, in vain, attending to their beloved captain and trying to return him to land in time for medical assistance; the captain’s stoic acceptance that his life was up and his final comforting words to his daughter, Nellie, who was on board and by his side. 

Click to listen to excerpts of 'Nellie' at Engadine Music Centre Reading Day 02 02 19 (video)



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