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Library shelf no. 782.5542/FIN 1 [Available for loan]
This work began as one movement of a larger work- a Mass. My
intention was to compose the first sung prayer in the Order, that
being a Kyrie, but the sudden death of a dear friend, a young,
single mother of two children, turned my attention to the
fragility and transience of life. The passing of someone so vital
in themselves and to the lives of others is one of those
agonising tragedies that music and faith seem inadequate to
console or honour. However, the magnitude of this situation
called for a response.
"When soft voices die" is an elegy that has its roots in music for a spiritual occasion. Having in recent years spent much time investigating early music, the language is reminiscent of Renaissance tonality. Without ornamentation, the style aims for restraint and reflection. The text has been adapted from three poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley- Music when Soft Voices Die, A Fragment: To Music and A Lament.
Instrumentation: Cor anglais, SSAATTB choir.
Duration: 7 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to the memory of Tamsin Cowling
Written for: Sydney Chamber Choir
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