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Carmina Gadelica

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Carmina Gadelica : 5 hymns & incantations, a song cycle for 4 female voices / Ruth Lee Martin.

by Ruth Lee Martin (1999)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos.
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This work was inspired by the book Carmina Gadelica: Hymns and Incantations collected in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the Last Century by Alexander Carmichael. I have had a long interest in the music and culture of the Scottish Highlands being a Gaelic singer myself. This book intrigued me as it is a collection of fragments from an earlier time that clearly shows the somewhat uneasy combination of an earlier pagan religion and Christianity. The strangeness of this is highlighted in one of the pieces called 'The Vixen' in which the speaker is calling down dreadful curses on the woman in the next village, all in the name of God. This work was a seminal work for me, being my first major commission thanks to Graham Hair and his Sydney vocal group Voiceworks.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (23p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Duration: 15 min.

Contents note: Faerie lover -- Lament -- Hail to the sun -- The vixen -- Good wish.

Commissioned by Voiceworks.

Notation programme: Finale 97.

Computer-notated score.

First performance by Voiceworks at Llewellyn Hall, Canberra School of Music, 26 July 1999 -- Composer's note.

Commissioned by vocal group Voiceworks -- Composer's note.

Copyright held by Ruth Lee Martin.

Includes programme note and performance directions.

Subtitle on cover: Ortha nan Gaidheal.

"Setting of five poems taken from Alexander Carmichael's collection of Gaelic hymns and incantations ... [from] the nineteenth century" -- p.[i]

Typeset edition.

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