Marvelleen : a lament
by Richard Peter Maddox (2002, this version: 2015)
Library shelf no. 782.85542/MAD 1 [Not for loan]
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Version: This product features the Unaccompanied SA Choir version of this work
Library shelf no. 782.65542/MAD 1 [Available for loan]
The genesis of this song is in that half-dreaming, half-waking
state that comes early in the morning. I had not long before
heard the PLC Armidale Senior Vocal Ensemble at a fund-raiser at
the New England Regional Art Museum, and had been impressed with
their control of the material they sang under the direction of
their teacher Anne Phelan. At around the same time I had been
looking at some volumes of Australian folk-song, so it is perhaps
not surprising that the song arrived in the form it did.
As I was waking up, I heard in my head a song being sung by a small chorus. The words were indistinct, but the impression they made was strong. The tune was clear, and the harmonies quite involved. The name being sung was hard to catch- "Marvelleen" is the nearest I could come to it after waking and setting to work to transcribe the song. The hardest part has been to capture something of the flavour of the harmonies in that dream-song. The song is about loss and grief, and sets out to exploit the timbres and ranges of the voices.
Year: 2002, this version: 2015
Instrumentation: TTBB choir.
Duration: 3 min.
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