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Storm

composer
1997
author of text
based on Shakespeare's The Tempest

 
Storm has its origins in a very sad event. In 1994, a local schoolteacher, Mrs Sylvia Collins, asked me to set Shakespeare’s Our revels now are ended (from The Tempest) in memory of her son Dr Stephen John Baldwin, who had recently died in an aircrash in Minnesota in winter 1993. She had found this text quoted in The Dhammapada, a Buddhist anthology amongst Stephen’s books. I set the words for upper voices and an orchestra of winds and timpani; this was first performed by students at Sylvia’s school, Haberdashers Askes’ Hatcham (in South London) in 1994.

Entranced by the beauty and possibility of these words and musical forces, I started to write a suite of short Tempest settings for SSAA + treble chorus, and a 9-piece ensemble of flutes, cellos and percussion (out of which, Our Revels became the fourth movement of five) each attempting to distil one of the concepts of the play. The first performances of this larger work were given by the (then recently-formed) CBSO Junior and Senior Youth Choruses, conducted by Simon Halsey.

from notes by Judith Weir © 2015

Recordings

Weir: Storm & other choral works
SIGCD421Download only

Details

Movement 1a & 1b: Storm – Shipwreck  My heart! Cheerly!
Track 14 on SIGCD421 [5'28] Download only
Movement 2: Charm  While you here do snoring lie
Track 15 on SIGCD421 [3'22] Download only
Movement 3: Magic  Ye elves of hills, brooks
Track 16 on SIGCD421 [2'37] Download only
Movement 4: Spirit  Our revels now are ended
Track 17 on SIGCD421 [4'17] Download only
Movement 5: Mercy  Though the seas threaten
Track 18 on SIGCD421 [1'59] Download only

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