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First line:
By the waters of Buncrana
author of text

In 2016, five members of a family died when their car slipped into the Atlantic waters of Lough Swilly from a pier in Buncrana, Co Donegal. The poet Frank McGuinness, born in Buncrana, wrote about the incident, echoing the text of Psalm 137 (‘By the rivers of Buncrana I sat, I did sit and weep.’). Bill Whelan’s sensitive setting allows the listener to experience the anguish and questioning of this tragedy. However, concurrent to the choral repetition of the text ‘fetch me’ appears an angelic solo soprano evoking hope and salvation. Elegy was specially composed for the Choral Scholars of University College Dublin and first performed at the ensemble’s spring concert in Dublin in April 2018.

from notes by Desmond Earley © 2019


Perpetual twilight
Studio Master: SIGCD558Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 7 on SIGCD558 [6'32] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD558 track 7

Recording date
29 April 2018
Recording venue
All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Perpetual twilight (SIGCD558)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: March 2019
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