The Anger of Achilles
An article at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid says:
Gerhard put together many works for tape at his house in Cambridge but processed them and did the final mix at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in London. His first work was the 1954 incidental music for Bridget Boland's The Prisoner for chamber orchestra and tape [. . .] and he would be honoured with the Prix Italia in 1965 for The Anger of Achilles for orchestra and tape, created and presented by the BBC.
The BBC Programme Catalogue describes the work as an
epic for radio in three parts by Robert Graves, from his translation of Homer's Iliad. [. . .] Music specially composed for the programme by Roberto Gerhard, with special effects by the B.B.C. Radiophonic Workshop", first broadcast 17 May 1964.
Cambridge University Library has seven letters mentioning The Anger of Achilles with classmarks:
but firstname.lastname@example.org never replied to my request for them.
The Performing Right Society list of works by Delia Ann Derbyshire has:
Title: The Anger of Achilles Writer(s): Derbyshire Delia Ann Co-composers/authors: [None] (!) Publisher: BBC Worldwide Music Work number: 1471899K Type: 10/00 [?] Work Status Flags: Film/TV / 1st Lic Referral Creation date: 11 August 1999
- 1. Achilles' plea to his goddess mother Thetis (1:13) (25:53.24-27:06.88)
- 2. Thunderclap (0:13) (28:51.89-29:05.53)
- 3. The sending of the false dream to Agamemnon (2:00) (33:23.28-35:23.47)
- 4. Father Zeus' message, thunderclap, horse effects (1:08) (30:58.80-32:07.12)
- 5. Thetis theme reprise (0:36) (31:18.45-31:54.75)
- Broadcast on BBC radio on 17th May 1964.
- In the BBC Sound Archive on tape TRW 6031.
- Some Gerhard fans made a copy from the radio, of which the above are extracts.
- Prix Italia winners, Firenze: 1965
- Andreés Lewis-Richter: La Música Elettroacústica en España
- Catalogue of the letters in the Roberto Gerhard Archive at Cambridge University Library.
- The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 6031: "The Anger of Achilles".