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Tarik O'Regan

Publisher: Novello & Co

A Letter of Rights (2015)
A Letter of Rights was commissioned by Salisbury Cathedral to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.
Text Writer
Alice Goodman
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
2015
Duration
35 Minutes
Chorus
SATB (min. 16 singers)
Language
English, Latin
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Tarik O'Regan A Letter of Rights (2015)
A Letter of Rights was commissioned by Salisbury Cathedral to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

The cantata explores the text of clauses 39 and 40 (a right to due legal process) in the Great Charter of 1215: Magna Carta. The musical structure is formed of eight sections separated by short instrumental interludes, and is framed by a prelude and postlude. It is palindromic, with ‘The wording’ (Section 5) at its axis.

But something comes before the text, before the pen curves through the air to form the first capital. That is the ground on which the letter is set: the parchment. Since the making of parchment requires the shedding of blood, this is where we begin.

Tarik O'Regan & Alice Goodman
27 February 2015


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Performances
Date
Title
  • 23 FEB 2017
    St Thomas's Parish Church, Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Chamber Choir Ireland

    Other Dates:
    25 February - St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick, Ireland
    26 February - Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
  • 04 JAN 2016
    A Letter of Rights US Premiere
    Trinity Wall Street 12th Night Festival
    Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street, New York
    Choir of Trinity Wall Street; NOVUS NY
    Julian Wachner, conductor
  • 13 JUN 2015
    A Letter of Rights World Premiere
    Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Gala Concert
    Salisbury Cathedral, UK
    Salisbury Cathedral Choir and La Folia
    David Halls, conductor

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