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Elizabeth Maconchy

Publisher: Chester Music

Two Epitaphs (1975)
commissioned by Pamela Cooke for the Cantamus Ensemble
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
1975
Duration
3 Minutes
Chorus
SSA
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Programme Note
Elizabeth Maconchy Two Epitaphs (1975)
TWO EPITAPHS

These are both short understatements of great beauty and poignancy. The words of the first ‘Our life is nothing but a winter’s day’- are by Francis Quarles, and it is set as a melody for first sopranos underneath which the other two voices sing in ostinato based on the opening phrase. The second – ‘As tree falls, so it must lie’ – is a sinuous canon which eventually fades into silence with reiteration of the words ‘of eternity’.

TWO EPITAPHS was commissioned by Pamela Cooke for the Cantamus Ensemble who gave the first performance in 1975. The duration is 3’.

Elizabeth Maconchy

  • Ensemble
    BBC Singers
    Soloist(s)
    Richard Pearce, piano
    Conductor
    Odaline de la Martinez
    Lorelt Records Ltd.:
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