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Paul Mealor

Publisher: Novello & Co

Euphonium Concerto (2017)
Novello & Co Ltd
Soloists and Large Ensemble (7+ players)
Year Composed
16 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Programme Note
Paul Mealor Euphonium Concerto (2017)
The work is inspired by a Gaelic poem about lost love, telling the tale of a fisherman and his wife. She accompanies her love to the shores of the sea to wave him off; but tragically he never returns. Each day she returns to the sea and sings to him, but no answer ever comes. In the tradition of Celtic songs it is dark and full of passion and pain.

  • Ensemble
    BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
    David Childs
    Ben Gernon
  • 16 APR 2020
    Holy Trinity Church / St Andrews / UK
    University of St Andrews Symphony Orchestra
    Christopher Flynn; Iain McLarty, conductor

The mystical inspiration behind Paul Mealor’s elegiac ‘Concerto’ has a dark intensity of spirit, although one which is contoured with a stimulating sense of animation. A tale of seafaring love lost but forever eternal, its singular scope embraces four distinct chapters – told in the first person by the soloist; from the depths of despair ‘forsaken by all’ through to uplifting optimism that ‘hope always remains’ that the wife will be reunited with her husband.
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