Skye boat song lament (sextets: 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass - with chamber ensemble)
by Ruth McCall (, this version: 2012)
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This song combines a fragment of the Latin Mass with the traditional Scottish folksong, The Skye Boat Song (otherwise known as Speed Bonnie Boat). The song is used as a metaphor for the current refugee crisis, as the singers yearn for the bonnie Prince Charles to return safely across the turbulant waters both physical and political, so to do they long for asylum seekers to find a place of safety. The Latin Mass text is a section of the Credo which refers to one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. This is likewise a picture of humanity going down and through troubled waters to rise up to renewal on the other side.
This work was written initially for the Song Company and Slava and Leonard Grigoryan on guitars in their "Ship to Shore" concert series. It was later adapted to be used on a music video as a protest against the treatment of asylum seekers in offshore detention centres. 170 musicians, including 9 choirs, came together to perform on the video.
Year: , this version: 2012
Instrumentation: SSATBarB vocal ensemble, 2 guitars.
Skye boat song lament
- Inspired by: Scottish folk music
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