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Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy

First line:
Weep with me all ye that read
composer
December 1912
author of text
Epitaph on S.P., a Child of Q[ueen] El[izabeth's] Chapel

Christopher Maltman (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Recording details: November 2002
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2003
Total duration: 3 minutes 55 seconds

Cover artwork: The Vagrants (detail) by Frederick Walker (1840-1875)
Tate Gallery, London
 
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Reviews

'Christopher Maltman at all times sings beautifully, capturing the emotions behind the words and music, and is ably accompanied by Roger Vignoles. As is their custom, Hyperion completes this superior production with intelligent annotation and complete texts' (American Record Guide)
Browne's setting of Ben Jonson’s ambitious poem Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy (subtitled ‘A Child of Queen Elizabeth’s Chapel’), was conceived as a companion piece to ‘Diaphenia’. It relates the tale of a thirteen-year-old chorister who also excelled as an actor, the poet’s conceit being that the child acted an old man so well that the Fates took him to be one and death ensued. The music has the character of a slow, sad dance, like a Pavan, with an extended arched, lamenting melody in the unusual time signatures of 10/4 or 12/4. Elizabethan influences are again apparent, whilst the verses are bound together by a ritornello with a portentous descending chromatic bass and ascending triads, symbols respectively of a summons to the grave, and a gasping for life.

from notes by Andrew Burn 2003

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