Two Anglo-Saxon Riddles

Robert Peate (1987)

Two Anglo-Saxon Riddles 2009

1111 - 1000 - perc(1) - strings
Duration 
8
Solist 
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In the spirit of Anglo Saxon riddles and storytelling, these two songs are very much ‘round the campfire’ settings. The first (Cuckoo) imitates the birds behaviour and includes features such as removing and replacing notes at the beginning at the beginning of the piece, as the bird does with eggs. The second (Swan) is largely of a kind of antique, lugubrious nature, depicting the birds’ graceful gliding through the river and the air.

Robert Peate

Performances 
20.6.09, Birmingham Conservatoire: Hannah Davey (mezzo-soprano) / Orchestra of the Swan / David Curtis
1
Flute
doubling alto flute
1
Oboe
doubling cor anglais
1
Clarinet
doubling bass clarinet
1
Bassoon
1
Horn
1
Percussion
marimba, vibraphone, bass drum, tam-tam, crotales, suspended cymbal, triangle
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