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Ian Venables

Publisher: Novello & Co

Midnight Lamentation Op 6 (1974)
Text Writer
Harold Monro
Novello & Co Ltd
Solo Voices and 1-6 players
Year Composed
3 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
High voice
Alternate Orchestration
Baritone; Piano

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Programme Note
Ian Venables Midnight Lamentation Op 6 (1974)
This is the earliest of the many songs that have been written by Ian Venables, and it has been described by the composer Michael Hurd as a 'perfect setting'. The words are part of Harold Monro's poem Midnight Lamentation and Venables' setting was written when the composer was 19 years old. It is a powerful interpretation of a profoundly moving poem, and has all the fingerprints of Venables' mature style: primarily a strong melodic gift, coupled with a highly sensitive approach to word-painting. There is a simplicity in its harmonic language that allows the profundity of the poem to be balanced perfectly with the music. It is loosely strophic in form with the final stanza providing its musical climax.

This work has been recorded by Roderick Williams and Susie Allan on SOMM CD 057

  • Soloist(s)
    Roderick Williams (baritone), Susie Allan (piano)
    SOMM Recordings:
  • Soloist(s)
    Andrew Kennedy, tenor; Richard Hosford, clarinet; Iain Burnside, piano
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