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Stuart MacRae

Publisher: Novello & Co

Two Cairns (2009)
Novello & Co Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
5 Minutes

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Stuart MacRae Two Cairns (2009)
A cairn is a pile of rocks erected as a memorial, often added to over the years by those wishing to pay their respects. It may also mark the summit of a hill, or the route of a path. In Two Cairns, which Onyx Brass commissioned in memory of their friend John Price, the two parts mark different ways of remembering: the first is contemplative and plangent, revolving around the same set of minor chords; the second is celebratory and vital, fracturing into layers of trills before turning to a more wistful chorale at the end. For most of the piece the ensemble is divided into two groups - high and low - but the closing chorale unites the ensemble in a gesture of reconciliation.

Stuart MacRae

  • Soloist(s)
    Mark Stone (baritone)
    Meridian Records:
  • 21 MAY 2017
    Vale of Glamorgan Festival
    4 performances in various locations, Barry Island
    Onyx Brass
  • 02 MAR 2013
    St Bartholomew's Church, Brighton, UK
    Onyx Brass
  • 17 APR 2012
    The Coach House, Dublin Castle, Dublin
    Onyx Brass

    Other Dates:
    24 May - Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London
    18 April - Regional Cultural Centre, Donegal
    21 April - St Mary's Church, Wexford
    22 April - Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, Offaly
    23 April - Station House Theatre, Galway
    24 April - Solstice Arts Centre, Meath
    25 April - Mullingar Arts Centre, Weatmeath
  • 22 OCT 2011
    St. Machar's Cathedral, Aberdeen
    Pure Brass
    Michael Bawtree, conductor
  • 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 JAN 2010
    Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, London
    Onyx Brass

...elegiac and moving...
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian,10/07/2011
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