Sheet Music: Score
Sir Walter Raleigh duo / Gerald Glynn.
by Gerald Glynn (1978)
This work is a setting of Raleigh's poem "A Description of Love", for medium voice or counter-tenor with cello accompaniment. The poem, dating from 1593, consists of five six-line stanzas, each beginning with "What is love? I pray thee say". The treatment of the text is relatively simple, but the writing for cello is much freer, even rhapsodic, and is inspired by the sarangi, the cello-like instrument of the North Indian tradition. The mood of the work is reflective, even elegaic, perhaps echoing the fact that for the poet, love was not just a happy frolic; he was imprisoned in the Tower of London for twelve years, long enough to write his History of the World, before being beheaded in 1618.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (11p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Very demanding cello part.
Duration: 13 min.
Dedicated to Hartley Newnham
This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.
This work also exists as the following versions:
- Medium Voice with bass clarinet
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