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The Song sung true

composer
2013

 
The London Lawyers’ Chorus invited me to write them a new work commissioned from a bequest of the late Helen Sibthorp, who had been a solicitor, a longtime Promenader, and a singer in the Chorus. The lawyers described their former colleague as a forthright and lively person who would have wished any memorial to herself to be spirited and unusual. Not having known Helen personally, I felt that the link between us all was the life-giving activity of singing; and so all four movements of The Song sung true are about singing, and lay particular musical emphasis on the words ‘sing’, ‘sang’ and ‘song’. The first two poems come from ‘Glasgow Zen’ by Alan Spence; the third is possibly by Shakespeare and Fletcher; the fourth is an Edward Lear limerick, which gave me the opportunity to attempt some of my own ‘puirt-à-beul’ (Gaelic ‘mouth music’).

from notes by Judith Weir © 2015

Recordings

Weir: Storm & other choral works
SIGCD421Download only

Details

Movement 1: Sing  every single thing sings
Track 10 on SIGCD421 [1'52] Download only
Movement 2: Song  the littlest bird
Track 11 on SIGCD421 [2'34] Download only
Movement 3: Orpheus
Track 12 on SIGCD421 [2'43] Download only
Movement 4: Folk song  There was an old man of the Isles
Track 13 on SIGCD421 [1'26] Download only

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