Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music

Dobrinka Tabakova (1980)

Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music 2006

1.1.1.1 - 1.1.1.0 - percussion, piano/harp - str(4.3.3.2.2)
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Four songs using Shakespearean text taken from the collection ‘The Passionate Pilgrim’. In between each of the four songs there are instrumental interludes, or perhaps small-scale overtures, which use the same chorale theme as their base and mix material from the forthcoming song. The songs themselves have rather differing characters: The first one (a version of which features in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost) ‘On a day (alack the day)!’ tells the story of love at first sight; the second ‘Live with me, and be my love’ is a celebration of love; the third ‘As is fell upon a day’ is sorrowful and compares the lover’s pain with that of awounded nightingale and the last ‘Words are easy like the wind’ tells of the fortune of having good friends.

The cycle was awarded the 2007 King’s College Adam Prize. It was commissioned by and dedicated to the Orchestra of the Swan, on the year of their 10th anniversary.

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Performances 
7.4.06 Kingsley College, Redditch: Claire Booth/Orchestra of the Swan/David Curtis
1
Flute
1
Oboe
1
Clarinet
1
Bassoon
1
Horn
1
Trumpet
1
Trombone
1
Percussion
4
Violin
3
Violin II
3
Viola
2
Cello
2
Double bass
1
Harp
1
Piano
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