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Sir Walter Raleigh duo (medium voice with cello)

by Gerald Glynn (1978)

Sir Walter Raleigh duo

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Sir Walter Raleigh duo / Gerald Glynn.

Library shelf no. 783.2542/GLY 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 1978

Instrumentation: Medium voice or counter-tenor, cello.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Very demanding cello part.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Hartley Newnham

Written for: Hartley Newnham

First performance: by Hartley Newnham, Susan Blake — 17 Jun 79. Wigmore Hall, London

Performances of this work

21 Jun 81: Eglise Saint-Pierre, Tonnerre, France. Featuring David Smeyers, Janet Whitmore.

19 Jun 81: British Institute in Paris. Featuring Janet Whitmore, David Smeyers.

16 May 81: Church of Saint Servatius, Cologne, Germany. Featuring Janet Whitmore, David Smeyers.

3 May 80: Geelong College, Geeolong, Victoria. Featuring Hartley Newnham, Susan Blake.

22 Jan 80: Australian Embassy, Paris. Featuring David Simpson, Hartley Newnham.

24 Jun 79: Church of Saint-Pierre, Tonnerre, France. Featuring David Simpson, Hartley Newnham.

17 Jun 79: Wigmore Hall, London. Featuring Hartley Newnham, Susan Blake.

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