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The first section describes King David overcome with grief at the loss of his son, Absalom. Tomkins repeats key words with their musical figures to great effect, focusing on short-term interplay between the parts rather than extended polyphonic lines. The second, longer section puts words directly into the anguished father’s mouth. The music gradually becomes more charged: the tessitura rises, the vocal texture thickens and the music convulses with funereal rhythms and heartbreaking chromatic melodies. As the work begins to subside, there are two beautiful arrival points—the first on the dominant, and the last on the major tonic, perhaps indicating the possibility of cathartic release on the other side of pain.
from notes by Owain Park © 2018
|Dialogues of Sorrow|
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|Hail, gladdening Light|
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|Music from the reign of King James I|
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|Tomkins: Cathedral Music|
‘One of England's most accomplished and versatile Tudor composers to whose music the Windsor choir does full and pleasing justice’ (Organists' Review)
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|Tomkins: The Great Service|
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