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Epithalamium (tenor with chamber ensemble)

by Andrew Ford (1991)

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Performance by Gerald English, Alice Evans, Andrew Ford from the CD Harbour

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Harbour / Andrew Ford.

Library shelf no. CD 520 [Available for loan]



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Epithalamium : for tenor, flute and cello / Andrew Ford ; words by William Shakespeare.

Library shelf no. 783.87542/FOR 2 [Available for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 1991

Instrumentation: There are 2 versions: Tenor voice, flute, cello (1991) Tenor voice, violin, tubular bell in D (1994)

Duration: 2 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Advanced student/professional.

First performance: by Gerald English, Alice Evans, Michael Askill — Dec 91. Huntington Music Festival, Mudgee, NSW

Words from Act IV of 'The Tempest'.


Epithalamium, by Andrew Ford

Source: Recorded live at Halcyon concert 'Lily on a Black Wave: Modern composers interpret Shakespeare' at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on 6 October 2007

An epithalamium (or epithalamion) is a song after a wedding. This one sets words from the wedding scene of Ferdinand and Miranda in Act IV of Shakespeare's The Tempest. The words themselves may or may not be by Shakespeare – a number of Shakespeare scholars have their doubts that he wrote this part of the play – but the blessing delivered by the three spirits, in the forms of the goddesses Juno, Ceres and Iris, contains some delightful imagery.


Performances of this work

Feb 94: Piper's Brook Vineyard, Tasmania. Featuring Gerald English, Kathleen Gallagher, Sue-Ellen Paulsen.

Dec 91: Huntington Music Festival, Mudgee, NSW. Featuring Gerald English, Alice Evans, Michael Askill.

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