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The Dream of the Rood

The Dream of the Rood

for four voices and instrumental ensemble


  • Besetzung: 4 Singstimmen (Countertenor, 2 Tenöre und Bass) und Ensemble
  • Ausgabe: Studienpartitur
  • Sprache: englisch
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Beschreibung
The Anglo-Saxon poem The Dream of the Rood was probably written in the 8th Century and is the earliest dream-vision poem in Old English. A fragment of the poem from the section that describes the crucifixion can be found carved on the Ruthwell Cross in Dumfriesshire, and set in stone at a time when Ruthwell was part of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria. In responding to a commission for the Hilliard Ensemble, I was keen to find a dramatic text, but one that would also invite a musical response appropriate to the very nature of this kind of vocal quartet. Writing for the Hilliards together with a mixed instrumental ensemble, and for a generous cathedral acoustic, has had a strong influence on the types of textures and sonorities I have used. The structure of the work is dictated by the form of the poem, but the music could also be seen as consisting of a sequence of motets with both vocal and instrumental interludes.

John Casken
Details
Auftragswerk : Co-commissioned by Liverpool Capital of Culture and The Hilliard Ensemble as part of the European Capital of Culture Programme 2008
Kompositionsjahr: 2008
Reihe: Musik unserer Zeit
Seitenzahl: 124
Spieldauer: 30'0"
Verlag: Schott Music Ltd., London (015)
The Anglo-Saxon poem The Dream of the Rood was probably written in the 8th Century and is the earliest dream-vision poem in Old English. A fragment of the poem from the section that describes the crucifixion can be found carved on the Ruthwell Cross in Dumfriesshire, and set in stone at a time when Ruthwell was part of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria. In responding to a commission for the Hilliard Ensemble, I was keen to find a dramatic text, but one that would also invite a musical response appropriate to the very nature of this kind of vocal quartet. Writing for the Hilliards together with a mixed instrumental ensemble, and for a generous cathedral acoustic, has had a strong influence on the types of textures and sonorities I have used. The structure of the work is dictated by the form of the poem, but the music could also be seen as consisting of a sequence of motets with both vocal and instrumental interludes.

John Casken
Auftragswerk : Co-commissioned by Liverpool Capital of Culture and The Hilliard Ensemble as part of the European Capital of Culture Programme 2008
Kompositionsjahr: 2008
Reihe: Musik unserer Zeit
Seitenzahl: 124
Spieldauer: 30'0"
Verlag: Schott Music Ltd., London (015)
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