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If the idea of treating such a familiar story as the Last Supper (and, within such a retelling, of treading in the footsteps of a composer like Palestrina or Victoria) appealed to Birtwistle’s interest in placing familiar objects in new contexts, a similar concern must have informed his selection of the middle English carol text ‘The faucon hath born my mak away’ in one of his earliest works, Monody for Corpus Christi. Birtwistle returned to a sixteenth-century text—this time in Scots, the Wedderburn brothers’ famous depiction of Mary singing to the infant Jesus—in 2006 in a short work for divided sopranos: Lullaby was premiered by the trebles of Southwark Cathedral Choir in November of that year.

from notes by John Fallas © 2014


Birtwistle: The Moth Requiem
SIGCD368Download only


Track 6 on SIGCD368 [2'08] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD368 track 6

Recording date
22 September 2012
Recording venue
BBC Broadcasting House, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Michael Emery
Recording engineer
Marvin Ware
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  1. Birtwistle: The Moth Requiem (SIGCD368)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: February 2014
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