Morpheus

composer

 
Clarke’s first major success as a composer came during a recital at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1918 when she gave the first performance of Morpheus, which was immediately acclaimed by the critics. Women composers were almost unknown at this time, and those who were making their way were regarded with great suspicion. The manuscript of this piece was therefore signed with the pseudonym ‘Anthony Trent’. Morpheus, son of Hypnos, was the Greek god of dreams. Clarke’s music is entirely apt, with its almost French impressionism (she was deeply influenced by Debussy), its wistful and romantic aura and perfectly matched solo and accompaniment.

from notes by Paul Spicer 1994

Recordings

English Music for Viola
CDH55085Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Details

Track 4 on CDH55085 [6'00] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Track-specific metadata for CDH55085 track 4

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-68704
Duration
6'00
Recording date
23 September 1993
Recording venue
St Peter's Church, Petersham, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Hyperion usage
  1. English Music for Viola (CDA66687)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: April 1994
    Deletion date: October 2001
    Superseded by CDH55085
  2. English Music for Viola (CDH55085)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: October 2001
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)