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This is an innocent folk-like melody of the kind that a mother might sing to an infant. This piece also exists in an arrangement for Soprano and choir, but here the melody is played beautifully by the solo cello.

It is in strophic verse form, with each reiteration of the theme ever more passionate until the orchestra seizes the main theme from the cello, which responds with a series of passionate obbligato phrases.

The coda brings a more reflective statement of the theme against the Lydian major third-sharpened fourth figure of the opening bars in horns and strings.

from notes by Mike Sheppard © 2010


Sheppard: The soul rests eternal
SIGCD232Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD232 track 6

Recording date
9 August 2010
Recording venue
Phoenix Sound, Pinewood Studios, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mike Sheppard & Tonia Sheppard
Recording engineer
Dick Lewzey
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  1. Sheppard: The soul rests eternal (SIGCD232)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: November 2010
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