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Lament for Mr Henry Purcell

Sheet Music: Score

Lament for Mr Henry Purcell : for violin, clarinet and marimba / Jennifer Fowler.

by Jennifer Fowler (1995)

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  • Instrumentation: Violin, clarinet in B flat, marimba.
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    Performance by Geoffrey Collins, Patricia Pollett, Marshall McGuire from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 96.

    (this sample is of the Trios: Flute, harp, viola version of this work)


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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 (13p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 7 mins, 30 sec.

Commissioned by Sounds Positive ensemble.

First performance by Sounds Positive ensemble, David Sutton-Anderson — 8 Mar 95. St John's Church, Smith Square, London, UK

Includes performance notes and programme note.

To be performed from the score.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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This work also exists as the following versions:
- Quartets: Flute, cor anglais, clarinet, viola
- Trios: Flute, harp, viola


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