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An g-Mhadainn


Có a dh’ éireas anns a’ mhadainn
’S a chì ròs geal am bial an latha?

An Òg-Mhadainn (The Young Morning) was commissioned by Youth and Music Yorkshire, at the request of the distinguished clarinettist Alan Hacker. They requested a solo piece for basset clarinet with simple accompanying parts, so that a group of young people might be able to play them without much prior rehearsal; but it is also possible to use a pre-recorded backing tape. The title page of the score quotes a line from A Girl and Old Songs by the Gaelic poet Sorley Maclean – in translation:

Who rises in the morning
and sees a white rose in the mouth of the day?

The piece is a human reflection on the peculiarly clear, bright atmosphere of some early mornings, early in the year. The musical means are simple – a set of variations on a melodic line which also provides its own accompaniment ‘punctuation’, over a background, atmospheric, ostinato ‘carpet’ of sound, around which the clarinet sings, dreams and plays – sometimes with the discipline of Ceol Mor, and at others with the wildness of birds.

from notes by Alan George, Duncan Druce & William Sweeney 2006


Brahms: Clarinet Quintet & works by Mozart, Glazunov & Sweeney
Studio Master: CKD278Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for CKD278 track 7

Recording date
20 May 2005
Recording venue
National Centre for Early Music, York, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Philip Hobbs
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
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  1. Brahms: Clarinet Quintet & works by Mozart, Glazunov & Sweeney (CKD278)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: January 2007
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