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Care charminge sleepe

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Written in 1999, Care charminge sleepe is scored for double choir. As the protagonist of John Fletcher’s 1614 stage work, Valentinian III, lies poisoned on stage, a song is performed (originally composed for lute and voice by Fletcher’s contemporary, Robert Johnson) luring him to sleep, the ‘easer of all woes’. Without wishing to allude to Johnson’s music in any way, I was interested in emphasizing the juxtaposition of Valentinian’s violent death and the peaceful beauty of Fletcher’s words. The opening section, fanning out from a single pitch, leads into a quasi-fugal passage before returning again in a higher, more urgent tessitura as the moment of death occurs (‘kiss him into slumbers like a bride’). This work represents my first collaboration with the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge.

from notes by Tarik O'Regan © 2006


O'Regan: Voices
COLCD130Download only


Track 12 on COLCD130 [6'41] Download only

Track-specific metadata for COLCD130 track 12

Recording date
1 July 2005
Recording venue
Watford Colosseum, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John Rutter
Recording engineer
John Rutter & David Millinger
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  1. O'Regan: Voices (COLCD130)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: March 2006
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