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Judith Weir

Publisher: Chester Music

The Sweet Primroses (2015)
Work Notes
Commissioned by the University of Birmingham for the CrossCurrents Festival 2016. First performance on 20th February 2016 by Lucy Schaufer (mezzo-soprano) and Christopher Yates (viola) in the Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham.
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Voices and 1-6 players
Year Composed
3 Minutes
Mezzo Soprano
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Judith Weir The Sweet Primroses (2015)
Folk music is above all an effort of memory, and so I challenged myself to write down as much as I could recall of one of my favourite English folk songs, 'The Sweet Primroses', without consulting any of the recordings (aural or written) I possess. As a result, the mezzo here sings a simple narrative with many gaps (but, just about, covering the main points of the story). The viola (playing a much more extreme version of the music) represents the recesses of my memory and my strenuous efforts to remember a song I "know very well".


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