Flute, clarinet in Bb (+ clarinet in Eb, ad lib), celesta, marimba, violin, cello
Programme Note by Paul Griffiths
Published together with three other ‘instrumental motets’ derived from sixteenth-century Scottish church music (see also Si Quis Diligit Me, All Sons of Adam and Psalm 124) this presents a quietly grave psalm tune by John Angus, monk and composer. The tune marches on, repeated by the clarinet in its bottom register, while out of it grow the tendrils of Davies’s counterpoints, until eventually only a wispy image of the original tune remains. It is a solemn and poignant process.
Dartington Summer School
Thursday, 18 August 1977
The Fires of London