Earthly Paradise

Ian McQueen (1954)

Earthly Paradise 2010

picc.2.2.ca.2.bcl.2.cbsn - 4.3.3.btbn.1 - timp - 4 perc - hp - strings
Duration 
43
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Earthly Paradise is cast in four large scale sections like the movements of a symphony. It contrasts extracts from The Hill of Venus (the last of Morris’s huge collection of verse tales The Earthly Paradise) with three other shorter poems: The Doomed Ship (memories of the love triangle between Morris, his wife Jane and Dante Gabriel Rossetti); O Dwellers on the Lovely Earth (which might be a kind of “Ecological Warning”); and Iceland First Seen (see above quote), which recounts the frisson Morris felt on first arriving in what he called “The Holy Land."

Ian McQueen

Performances 
10.4.10 Barbican, London: BBC Symphony Chorus/BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis
3
Flute
3rd piccolo
3
Oboe
3rd cor anglais
3
Clarinet
3rd bass clarinet
3
Bassoon
3rd contrabassoon
4
Horn
3
Trumpet
4
Trombone
4th bass trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
4
Percussion
1
Harp
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