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La musique

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


Hymns to Saint Cecilia
Studio Master: CDA68047Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 3 on CDA68047 [12'56]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68047 track 3

Recording date
27 April 2013
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Hymns to Saint Cecilia (CDA68047)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: November 2014
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