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Let all mortal flesh keep silence : bass voice with string quartet

by Clare Maclean (1984, this version: 2012)

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Let all mortal flesh keep silence : bass voice and string quartet / Clare Maclean.

Library shelf no. 783.89542/MAC 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence is a choral prelude on a traditional French carol, with sung passages and instrumental interludes. This melody is also a hymn tune for a translation of a fourth century Greek and Syriac text, which gives the piece its title.

The text is a series of poems by Australian John Carroll, which compares Stonehenge with Lake Mungo in central Australia. Lake Mungo is framed by the 'Walls of China', a curved 25-kilometre lunette (sand dune) made up of sand and clay formations that are up to 40 metres high, and which from space look like a thin crescent moon. The oldest human cremated remains have been found there. Rosh Chodesh is Hebrew for new moon. The text ends with the last verse of the hymn.

Work Details

Year: 1984, this version: 2012

Instrumentation: Bass voice, 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Pierre Mak, Alauda String Quartet — 23 Sep 12. Petzen, Germany


Performances of this work

23 Sep 12: Petzen, Germany. Featuring Pierre Mak, Alauda String Quartet.

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