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John McCabe: Gladestry Quatrains: Vocal And Piano

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COMPOSER: John McCabe
PUBLISHER: Novello and Co
PRODUCT FORMAT: Vocal Work
This work was commissioned by the Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts Ltd. with theaid of funds provided by the John S. Cohen Foundation and the PRS Foundation. The firstperformance was given by Rachel Nicholls and PaulPlummer at St. Andrew’s Church, Presteigne, on 29 August 2005. Composer's
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Specifications
Composer John McCabe
Publisher Novello and Co
Product Format Vocal Work
Genre Classical
StylePeriodView Description Post 1901
EAN 5020679583043
Instrumentation Vocal And Piano
No. MUSNOV954976
Voicing Soprano Voice
Composer John McCabe
Description
This work was commissioned by the Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts Ltd. with theaid of funds provided by the John S. Cohen Foundation and the PRS Foundation. The firstperformance was given by Rachel Nicholls and PaulPlummer at St. Andrew’s Church, Presteigne, on 29 August 2005.

Composer's Note
Gladestry Quatrains is a setting of 12 short poems by Jo Shapcott, from her collection of the same title. It originatedin a project for the 2003 Presteigne Festival called A Garland for Presteigne, in which 10 composers associated with the Festival were asked to write a short song each, celebrating the Welsh border country the choice ofpoetryranged widely, and I chose two of Jo Shapcott’s evocative miniatures (still adding up to slightly less than the timing I had been requested to provide!). As I wrote them, I started to make sketches for some more settingsfrom the same collection, and the Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts very kindly commissioned this new, larger song-cycle proper for their 2005 Festival. The original pair of poems form the third (Gwaithla Brook) and last(Cefn Hir) of the songs, in which the eighth combines two poems, Burl Hill and Newchurch. Throughout, I have been aware of the sights and sounds of nature, the character of the landscape, and the sense of history and timelessnessof this beautiful part of the world, as reflected in Jo Shapcott’s poetry, as well as (I hope) the wit and directness of her expression. The whole work, though it has eleven songs, still lasts only about 20 minutes the concisionof the texts, and the need to find musical equivalents to this, was an important part of the concept of the piece.
        John McCabe 2005
Songlist
  • 1. Hanter Hill
  • 2. Dolyhir
  • 3. Gwaithla Brook
  • 4. Gwaithla Road
  • 5. Hergest
  • 6. Song in the Shed
  • 7. Radnorshire
  • 8. Burl Hill (and Newchurch)
  • 9. Glascwm
  • 10. Huntington Castle
  • 11. Cefn Hir
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