Gordon Getty

Winter Song (2022)

PRIMAVERA IV the heart

Spring Song (2021)

PRIMAVERA II the rabbits

from the composer

I got the idea for Spring Song before dawn on the deadline day for Matt’s Primavera Project, and wrote it out at my piano before breakfast. The title might not have occurred to me if Matt’s theme had been something else. Does it fit? Spring is the season of awakening. But the piece had a mind of its own as I wrote it, and seemed to say more about memories of things and springs past. If Matt gets around to a winter project, and I’m invited to contribute, I suppose I’ll find myself writing a scherzo giocoso.


With the November 2021 premiere of his operatic film Goodbye, Mr. Chips, composer Gordon Getty adds a fourth opera to his list of compositions, which also includes works for orchestra, chorus, vocal and instrumental soloists, and chamber ensembles. His staged works have been mounted by Leipzig Opera, Welsh National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Bolshoi Ballet, while his orchestral repertoire has been recorded and performed by the likes of the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, Mikhail Pletnev leading the Russian National Orchestra, and Sir Neville Marriner with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Getty’s life in music is the subject of Peter Rosen’s 2016 documentary There Will Be Music. Recent honors include the European Culture Prize and an inaugural induction into Opera America’s Hall of Fame. Gordon Getty is a Pentatone artist and his music is published by Rork Music.