SIR PETER MAXWELL DAVIES

My Lady Lothian’s Lilt

Realisation of an anonymous Scottish original for instrumental ensemble and mezzo-soprano obbligato

1975

6.5 minutes

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Dedication

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Scoring

Alto flute, bass clarinet, *percussion (2 players), viola, cello, mezzo-soprano obbligato (without words)

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Synopsis

Composer Notes

Programme Notes

Programme Note by Paul Griffiths

Lady Lothian dances to slow steps in common time. Davies provides a gentle duet for alto flute and marimba, with the singer and remaining players ideally to be heard from a distance, invisibly; their music enters mysteriously some way into the piece. There are no words; the voice doubles the viola, except when it is left lilting alone at the end.

Background note

‘Lady Lothian’s Lilt’ is from a collection of 11 volumes of music colllected by the Earls of Panmure between the 16th and 17th century and now deposited in the National Library of Scotland.

 

First Performance

Dartington Summer School, Devon

Wednesday, 20 August 1975

The Fires of London,