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La musique
First line:
I am in need of music that would flow
composer
2013; S solo + SATB divisi unaccompanied; commissioned by Dame Felicity Lott and Royal Holloway Choir
author of text
author of text

Recordings
'Hymns to Saint Cecilia' (CDA68047)
Hymns to Saint Cecilia
Pre-order CD by post £10.50 CDA68047  3 November 2014 Release  
Details
Track 3 on CDA68047 [12'56] 3 November 2014 Release

La musique
Gabriel Jackson’s La musique was commissioned by Dame Felicity Lott and the Choir of Royal Holloway. In celebrating this collaboration between the choir and distinguished Royal Holloway alumna Dame Felicity Lott, Jackson felt that music itself seemed an appropriate subject. The composer explained that he ‘also wanted to exploit Dame Felicity’s special rapport with the French language and to clearly define the roles of both protagonists by having the choir sing in English throughout, and the featured soprano entirely in French’. Jackson continues: ‘Baudelaire’s La musique and Elizabeth Bishop’s poem counterpoint each other very well with their shared (though somewhat different) images of the sea, the “quivering limbs” of the one echoed by convulsions and vibrations in the other … The musical counterpoint is one of simultaneity rather than intertwining—there is no sharing of material, although the rapt calm of the coda transmutes Baudelaire’s despair into something stoical and ecstatic.’

from notes by Rupert Gough 2014

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA68047 track 3
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-14-04703
Duration
12'56
Recording date
27 April 2013
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
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  1. Hymns to Saint Cecilia (CDA68047)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: 3 November 2014
    3 November 2014 Release
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