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Fare Well

First line:
When I lie where shades of darkness
1973; dedicated to Patrick G Variano, Edwin E Snyder, S Talbot Thayer, and all their singers, in honor of Jacob Gunther (1885-1971)
author of text
Fare Well

Thompson’s setting of Walter De La Mare’s poem Fare Well was written in the twilight of his life as he entered his seventh decade. The work clearly demonstrates that Thompson continued to hold steadfastly to those tenets of choral writing that marked his compositional style for over fifty years. Composed a half-century later than The Last Invocation, Fare Well shows little stylistic change but a surer hand in creating more elegant vocal lines and a wider and more colourful harmonic vocabulary. The dark, minor-chord opening sets the tone for Thompson’s musical rumination on the theme of death, and melodic and harmonic sequences, trademark Thompson devices so expertly displayed in earlier works, are abundant in this sensitive setting of De La Mare’s poem.

from notes by Morten Lauridsen © 2008


American Polyphony
Studio Master: CDA67929Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Thompson: The Peaceable Kingdom & other choral works
CDA67679Archive Service


Track 17 on CDA67679 [8'23] Archive Service
Track 21 on CDA67929 [9'19]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67679 track 17

Recording date
11 March 2008
Recording venue
Exeter College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Thompson: The Peaceable Kingdom & other choral works (CDA67679)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: October 2008
    Deletion date: October 2017
    Archive Service
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