Sheet Music: Score
Lament for Mr Henry Purcell : for flute, cor anglais, clarinet and viola / Jennifer Fowler.
by Jennifer Fowler (1999)
As a rememberance of Purcell's early death in 1695 at the age of 36, I have chosen to weave a piece around some fragments taken from Dido's Lament. In the first section, which explores the first 3 notes of Dido's Lament (a rising minor 3rd), the instruments wind together within a restricted range, and with a restricted order of notes. The flute and viola are in canon. Not until the end of this section is the 3rd note of Dido's Lament heard to repeat and then drop a semitone, to conclude Dido's first phrase.
The music then expands into a free-er, less restricted range of notes and within this are references to the rhythm of Dido's words: "Remember me". This reference becomes clearer and ends the piece, after a slower section which relates to the chorus following Dido's death.
There is a very long tradition of composers doing homage to other composers by quoting fragments of existing works and making something new out of it. I find it particularly interesting to cross the centuries and try to find a stylistic language with which to reconcile quite different musical traditions.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (16p. -- A4 (portrait))
Duration: 8 mins
Includes programme note.
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