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Since we parted

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Since we parted, yestereve
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Since we parted, commissioned by Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore, was written in 2014 as part of the choir’s commemoration of the centenary of World War I. It is, says Panufnik, 'extremely romantic, more romantic than the music people might associate me with, and it’s for mixed voices and instrumentation of trumpet, harp, cello and piano.' The words mingle two different poems—a technique Panufnik increasingly likes to use. The first is ‘A Year and a Day’ by Kathleen Coates, included in Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth: written between 1910 and 1913, it seems, says Panufnik, 'prophetic of the impending war in its depiction of a woman and man in love, reluctantly separated and missing each other'. Foil to this, as refrain, is ‘Since we parted, yestereve’ by the Victorian statesman and poet Robert Bulwer-Lytton. 'The whole piece is made up of my typical major-minor harmonic language which sets a bittersweet atmosphere,' Panufnik says. 'The trumpets remind us, from time to time, of the backdrop of war.'

from notes by Jessica Duchen © 2018


Panufnik (R): Celestial bird & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD543Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 7 on SIGCD543 [10'05] Download only

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Recording date
20 January 2018
Recording venue
Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & James Waterhouse
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  1. Panufnik (R): Celestial bird & other choral works (SIGCD543)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: September 2018
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