Strange meetings : song cycle for bass and orchestra
by Paul Sarcich (2016)
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A song cycle on poems of A E Housman (The True Lover), Harold Monro (Go Now Beloved) and Thomas Hardy (A Gentleman's Epitaph), for bass voice and orchestra. A contemporary addition to the genre of English art song, but sitting in subject matter alongside Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death.
Instrumentation: Solo bass voice, piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), harp, strings.
Duration: 19 min.
Contents note: 1. The True Lover (text by A. E. Houseman) (4 min., 30 sec.) -- 2. Go Now Belovèd (text by Harold Monro) (9 min., 45 sec.) -- 3. A Gentleman’s Epitaph on Himself and a Lady, Who Were Buried Together (text by Thomas Hardy) (4 min.).
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
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