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Lute-book lullaby

First line:
Sweet was the song the virgin sang
2002; commissioned by Nigel Short for Tenebrae in 2001; dedicated to Thomas Michael William L’Estrange
author of text
from William Ballet’s Lute Book, Library of Trinity College, Dublin, c1600

Lute-book lullaby is one of a number of pieces Alexander L’Estrange (b1974) has written for Tenebrae. Its essential simplicity is compelling, but also conceals the use of the octotonic scale in homophonic passages. The lower voice part undulations portray the rocking of the Christ-child’s cradle beneath a soprano solo of haunting beauty. The bittersweet dissonance heightens an atmosphere of overwhelming tenderness.

from notes by Jeremy Filsell © 2003


L'Estrange: On eagles' wings & other sacred music
Studio Master: SIGCD454Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Tavener: Mother and child
SIGCD501Download only


Track 5 on SIGCD501 [4'17] Download only
Track 12 on SIGCD454 [4'39] Download only

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