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Tarik O'Regan

Publisher: Novello & Co

The Night's Untruth (2010)
A co-commission celebrating the tenth anniversary of JAM (The John Armitage Memorial Trust) and the fortieth anniversary of VocalEssence.
Text Writer
Samuel Daniel (1562-1619), S. Daniel and Crane
Novello & Co Ltd
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
16 Minutes

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Programme Note
Tarik O'Regan The Night's Untruth (2010)
First performance: 25 March 2010, St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London; BBC Singers; Stephen Disley, organ; Onyx Brass; Nicholas Cleobury, conductor.

The Night’s Untruth explores the use of sleep as metaphor by dint of excerpts from poems written in the 17th to 20th centuries. Death, love, fear, ecstasy, isolation, dreaming and rest are all textual “variations” on the “theme” of sleep and can be found in the chosen texts. The work’s title is taken from a line in a poem by Samuel Daniel (1562-1619) and speaks to the composition’s focus on sleep as a parallel, possibly dystopian, existence to the one experienced in our waking hours.

Tarik O’Regan
March 2010

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  • 27 JUL 2013
    Kelly College, Parkwood Road, Tavistock, Devon
    Exon Singers
  • 13 APR 2012
    The Night's Untruth US Premiere
    Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
  • 24 MAR 2011
    JAM - All Things Wear Silence
    St. Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London
    The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge / Onyx Brass
    Daniel Cook (organ); Nicholas Cleobury, conductor
  • 28 OCT 2010
    Holy Trinity Church, St Andrew's, Scotland
    Edinburgh University Chamber Choir, University Of Aberdeen Chamber Choir, University Of St Andrews Chapel Choir; Thistle Brass
    Tom Wilkinson, organ; Michael Bawtree, conductor

    Other Dates:
    29 October - Greyfriar's Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland
    31 October - St Marchar Cathedral, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 25 MAR 2010
    The Night's Untruth World Premiere
    St Bride's Chruch, Fleet Street, London
    BBC Singers / Onyx Brass
    Stephen Disley, organ; Nicholas Cleobury, conductor

    Other Dates:
    26 March - St Leonard's Chruch, Hythe, Kent

'O'Regan is a master at setting text'
William Randall Beard, Star Tribune,16/04/2012
...intensely atmospheric....
Alan Cooper, The Herald (Glasgow),02/11/2010
…an inspiring work, exploring sonorous and theatrical potential of the choir and brass, with only modest contributions from the organ. …[it] reflects how, in writing this piece in Princeton, O’Regan has found his voice in America, having imbibed impressions of Copland, for instance, in the melancholy trumpet’s eventide yearning to the wide-open prairies, while inflecting a European sensibility in the choral writing – a shifting, fluid sound-world of suspensions and unresolving harmonies.
Jonathan Lennie, Choir & Organ,01/07/2010
The most impressive [new work] was Tarik O'Regan's The Night's Untruth, with standout soloists from the BBC Singers and organist Stephen Disley adding to the rich, complex textures that maximised the potential of the musical material. In this setting of extracts from poems dealing with sleep by Keats, Shakespeare, Samuel Daniel and Hart Crane, O'Regan's technical skills are superb, and the result has a directness that is perfectly matched by the subtlety of its means.
George Hall, Guardian,31/03/2010
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