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Epithalamium : for mezzo-soprano and string quartet

by Andrew Ford (1991, this version: 1998)

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

This sample is of the Tenor with chamber ensemble version of this work

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Harbour / Andrew Ford.

Version: This product features the Tenor with chamber ensemble version of this work

Library shelf no. CD 520 [Available for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 1991, this version: 1998

Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Advanced student/professional.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Anne Sofie von Otter, Brodsky Quartet

Commission note: Written during the composer's time at Peggy Glanville-Hicks House, Paddington, Sydney

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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