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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).
I. Poco Lento
II. Adagio (ma non troppo)
III. Allegro Agitato
IV. Con Moto
Text by W.S. Broughton
Performed by Craig Beardsworth (baritone) and Bruce Greenfield (piano) on Waiteata Collection of New Zealand Music Volume V; CD