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Oxen of the sun

First line:
Deshil Holles Eamus
author of text

Quoting a fragment of text from Chapter 14 of James Joyce’s Ulysses, composer Eoghan Desmond portrays childbirth as a divine mystery. The greeting fanfare of a solo horn in tandem with the choir depicts a mystical incantation by doctors in Dublin’s Holles Street Maternity Hospital—‘Deshil Holles Eamus' ('clockwise we go’), in other words, ‘while we wait for the mother to give birth, we will proceed in a clockwise manner’. The birthing begins with active music on the words ‘send us bright one, light one, Horhorn, quickening and wombfruit’. Oxen of the sun, composed for the Choral Scholars of University College Dublin and horn player Cormac Ó hAodáin in 2017, is a true celebration of the miracle of childbirth.

from notes by Desmond Earley © 2019


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


Track 9 on SIGCD558 [5'15] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD558 track 9

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 9
    Release date: March 2019
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