On Ilkley Moor : from "Eat and Be Eaten"
by Jennifer Fowler (1999)
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On Ilkley Moor is part of a collection of songs with the overall title of Eat and Be Eaten. The collection revolves around the subject of food in all its significance. It is not forgotten that while one creature is indulging in the enjoyable bit - eating - often it is another creature which is being eaten. Several themes recur and the subject of the life cycle occurs in a number of items. In this song, the text is taken from the well-known Yorkshire folksong and emphasises the cyclic nature of the food chain, which in this case comes to a startling conclusion. There are brief references to the original tune, but it is mostly caught up in an exuberant and virtuosic over-the-top rendition of the text.
Instrumentation: SSATBarB, optional harp (when sung as part of the full song cycle). One or more voices per part.
Duration: 4 min.
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