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Tarik O'Regan

Publisher: Novello & Co

Sainte (2002)
Commissioned by Alison Smart and Katherine Durran
Text Writer
Stéphane Mallarmé
Novello & Co Ltd
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
4 Minutes

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Programme Note
Tarik O'Regan Sainte (2002)
The splinter of time which Mallarmé (1842-1898) captures delicately in 'Sainte' is so finely poised that I have tried to afford his wonderful words the clarity of space they demand.
© Tarik O'Regan

Sainte was premiered by soprano Alison Smart and pianist Katharine Durran on July 13 2004 at the Purcell Room, London.


À la fenêtre recelant
Le santal vieux qui se dédore
De sa viole étincelant
Jadis avec flûte ou mandore,

Est la Sainte pâle, étalant
Le livre vieux qui se déplie
Du Magnificat ruisselant
Jadis selon vêpre et complie:

À ce vitrage d'ostensoir
Que frôle une harpe par l'Ange
Formée avec son vol du soir
Pour la délicate phalange

Du doigt que, sans le vieux santal
Ni le vieux livre, elle balance
Sur le plumage instrumental,
Musicienne du silence.

Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898)

  • Soloist(s)
    Alison Smart soprano, Katharine Durran piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Christine Howlett, Holly Chatham, Patrick Wood
    MSR Classics:
  • 06 AUG 2005
    Semley Festival
  • 13 JUL 2004
    Sainte World Premiere
    Purcell Room, London
    Alison Smart, soprano / Katharine Durran, piano

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