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Blue Work


Epithalamia

a song cycle for baritone and piano

Year:  1962   ·  Duration:  20m

Year:  1962
Duration:  20m

Composer:   Jenny McLeod

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To borrow or hire parts please email SOUNZ directly at info@sounz.org.nz. Please note that only library members in New Zealand and Australia can borrow or hire parts.

About

Written in McLeod's second year of study at Victoria University, this piece shows influences of Benjamin Britten and David Farquhar. The text is a poem by W. S. Broughton, the older brother of one of her childhood friends. She was drawn to the poem because it expressed the disillusionment with religion she herself was experiencing at the time.

Being a student work, Epithalamia has been somewhat neglected by performers, and has only recently been 'rediscovered'. The youthful composer's impressive self-confidence, both in the expressive use of the voice and in the effective piano writing is obvious. (Programme note: Mark Jones).


Contents note

Four songs: I.Poco Lento, II. Adagio (ma non troppo), III. Allegro Agitato, IV. Con Moto


Text note

Text by W.S. Broughton


Performance history

Performed by Craig Beardsworth (baritone) and Bruce Greenfield (piano) on Waiteata Collection of New Zealand Music Volume V; CD