Sheet Music: Score
Lutebook lullaby, & Before the light fades : two a capella extracts from 'The Child of Heaven' / Ralph Middenway.
by Ralph Middenway (1971)
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (9p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Tone clusters in one number, independent vocal lines in the other.
Duration: 5 min.
Poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Clive Sansom, William Ballet, Eleanor Farjeon, Frances Bellerby, James McAuley, interspersed with verses of Personent hodie (Piac cantiones - 1582) and a short Gloria.
These two pieces have some of the same attributes as 'Missa Omnibus Sanctis'. Neither is straightforward; each is driven by word-setting, by the aim to fit music to the highly evocative lyrics.
The cantata The Child of Heaven needs some revision; these two numbers do not.
They are both quiet pieces.
Lutebook Lullaby is about Mary and the very young Christ Child; Before the Light Fades is the voice of a very old woman, with a few questions still requiring answers-questions about life ...
This edition produced 2010.
This work also exists as the following versions:
- SATB Choir with chamber ensemble
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