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The soul rests eternal

composer

 
On the day that decided the outcome of my own illness I learned that a close family member had lost his long battle with cancer. This piece reflects the acceptance of the dying of the light; the embracing of the end of a life; the final resignation.

The stasis of the repetitive harp arpeggios forms a backdrop over which the cello emerges from nothing with a series of gradually rising phrases. When this is recapitulated at the end of the piece the fluttering string figures echo the last flickerings of life before the close. Conceived as a eulogy for one who suffered much with great equanimity, I hope this music conveys the quiet dignity of a fine man.

from notes by Mike Sheppard © 2010

Recordings

Sheppard: The soul rests eternal
SIGCD232Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD232 track 7

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-10-23207
Duration
5'28
Recording date
9 August 2010
Recording venue
Phoenix Sound, Pinewood Studios, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mike Sheppard & Tonia Sheppard
Recording engineer
Dick Lewzey
Hyperion usage
  1. Sheppard: The soul rests eternal (SIGCD232)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: November 2010
    Download only
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