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Lament for Dunblane (vocal quartet)

by Jennifer Fowler (1996)

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

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 93.

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Lament for Dunblane : for 4 solo singers / Jennifer Fowler.

Library shelf no. 783.145542/FOW 1 [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, tenor, bass.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional or good amateur.

First performance: by The Song Company, Roland Peelman — 20 Jun 97. Access Contemporary Art Gallery, 36 Boronia St, Redfern, Sydney, NSW

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 The Song Company, Roland Peelman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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