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A cradle song

First line:
Sweet dreams form a shade
composer
author of text

 
Panufnik set William Blake’s A cradle song in fulfilment of a long-standing wish to write a Christmas carol in the style of a lullaby. Presented with this option by the Royal Choral Society, she says she 'leapt at it'. The piece was commissioned by the RCS 'in affectionate memory of their chairman, Anthony Forbes MBE', who sadly had died in 2017. 'Just as I was starting to compose, photos appeared of a friend’s newborn baby daughter, Daisy McNicholl, on Facebook. It brought home how the soothing nature of a lullaby is so important at every stage of the ‘circle of life’,' Panufnik explains.

from notes by Jessica Duchen © 2018

Recordings

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

Details

Track 8 on SIGCD543 [4'41] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD543 track 8

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-18-54308
Duration
4'41
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
Hyperion usage
  1. Panufnik (R): Celestial bird & other choral works (SIGCD543)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: September 2018
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