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Simon Bainbridge

Publisher: Novello & Co

Herbsttag (1993)
commissioned by the Crouch End Festival Chorus
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
1993
Duration
6 Minutes
Chorus
2 antiphonal SATB choirs
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Programme Note
Simon Bainbridge Herbsttag (1993)
I have often found that the context around the commissioning of a new work can have a profound and decisive effect on the finished composition. Knowing that Brahms' Schicksalslied was to be in the same programme drew me to Friedrich Hölderlin and the dark, introspective sound world of Brahms' choral music, particularly pieces like Nänie and the late a cappella Rückert settings. I first considered using a Hölderlin text but was finally drawn to the wonderfully rich and sombre autumnal imagery of Rainer Maria Rilke's Herbsttag. The poem was written in Paris on 21st September 1902. I set the text during mid to late September 1993. It is written for two antiphonal SATB choirs.

© Simon Bainbridge

  • Ensemble
    Ionian Singers
    Conductor
    T. Salter
Performances
Date
Title
  • 28 NOV 2002
    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
    St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield
    BBC Singers
    James Morgan, conductor

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