Eat and be eaten : vocal sextet
by Jennifer Fowler (2000)
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Instrumentation: 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, harp (in 'Introduction to Adam Lay', 'From conception to birth' and 'The swan', optional in 'On Ilkley Moor'). Instrumentation for individual songs as follows: 'Adam lay', 'Little George', 'Big George', and 'On Ilkley Moor' may be performed by chamber choir. Soprano soloist required for 'From conception to birth. 'The swan' is for tenor voice with harp. 'Drinking song' for TBarB - one or more per part) ; 'Drinking song 2' for baritone and bass singers, one or more per part.
Duration: 45 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Advanced amateur or professional.
Contents note: Introduction to Adam lay -- Adam lay -- Little George -- The apple tree -- From conception to birth -- Big George -- The swan -- Drinking song -- On Ilkley Moor -- Drinking song 2.
Commission note: Commissioned by Song Company.
Sources of text: 'Adam lay' - Medieval lyric ; 'Introduction', 'Little George', 'The apple tree' (based on traditional text), 'From conception to birth', 'Big George' - by the composer ; 'The swan' - Carmina Burana, medieval Latin, translated and adapted by the composer ; 'Drinking song' - text taken from a 13th century French/Flemish motet, translated and adapted by the composer ; 'On Ilkley Moor' - traditional, Yorkshire ; 'Drinking song 2' - Amphis (4th century BC) translated by Tony Harrison.
'Drinking song 2' can be performed as an optional item (eg. encore item) as part of the song cycle.
Song cycle containing 9 songs, with 1 optional encore song. Individual songs may be performed separately. Can be performed with more than 1 voice per part.
Article: Women of note
by John Carmody — © News Limited
Source: Source: Courier-Mail, 4 September 2001, pp.13
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
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