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Lament for Dunblane : for vocal quintet or SSATB chamber choir

by Jennifer Fowler (1996)

Audio Sample

Performance by Song Company, Roland Peelman from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 93.

This sample is of the Vocal quartet version of this work

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 93.

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CD

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 93.

Library shelf no. CD 2935 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

On Wednesday, 13th March, 1996, sixteen children, all 5 years old, were shot and killed at a primary school in Dunblane, Scotland. Their teacher was also killed. Eleven more children and two other teachers were shot and injured.

The text of Lament for Dumblane is a response to this tragedy although it refers to it only obliquely.

The music spins out a long line of lamentation, divided between antiphonal sopranos. I was aiming to explore the expressive potential of using quite strict limitations: deploying a few notes at a time, twisting and turning in such a way as to keep a sense of momentum. The tenor and bass parts underpin the line, using the bleak intervals of 4th & 5ths particularly at cadence points, but they also unsettle the line with uneasy independent movement.

Work Details

Year: 1996

Instrumentation: 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, bass (or SSATB chamber choir).

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional or good amateur.

Text by the composer.

Analysis

Program note: Lament for Dunblane Jennifer Fowler
The Song Company
Source: M for Murder 21 June 1997

Performances of this work

1 Jul 2011: at BBC Singers (St Giles Cripplegate). Featuring BBC Singers.

10 Sep 99: Donne in Musica Festival, Fiuggi, Italy. Featuring Song Company, Roland Peelman.

8 Aug 99: Uniting Church, Pitt St, Sydney, NSW. Featuring Roland Peelman, Song Company.

6 Nov 97: Spitalfields Market, Spitalfields, London E1, UK. Featuring Song Company, Roland Peelman.

4 Nov 97: Exeter College Chapel, Oxford, UK. Featuring Song Company, Roland Peelman.

10 Oct 97: Barossa Festival, South Australia.. Featuring Song Company, Roland Peelman.

28 Sep 97: Holmes Building, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW. Featuring Roland Peelman, Song Company.

20 Jun 97: Access Contemporary Art Gallery, 36 Boronia St, Redfern, Sydney, NSW. Featuring Roland Peelman, Song Company.

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