Label: Gamut Classics - GAM CD 534 • Format: CD • Country: UK • Genre: Classical •
Fifty three songs by Clarke survive, most for solo voice and piano and also several other combinations including the songs arranged for voice and violin. John Masefield was not yet Poet Laureate of Great Britain when Clarke met him in to discuss her settings of his writings. Based on the Celtic myth of the seal who takes on the form of a man in order to lure women to Kathron Sturrock - Rebecca Clarke death in the sea, the legend reverses the genders of the Greek myth of the Siren.
This declamatory prose setting is one of which she always spoke of as being one of her favorites. Clarke knew the Cradle Song - Patricia Wright through their mutual friend, cellist May Mukle. Clarke would go on to set three more works by women poets to music, the resulting songs a small but distinct part of her output. Ella Young, an Irish poet and novelist, settled in California in Starting with rolling waves and buoyant melody, the mention of a lost love darkens the mood and leads to harmonic twists and shifts of texture.
Clarke illustrates the concise text in a work of devastating impact. The spacious span of its opening, and its use of wholetone scales create an austere and exotic atmosphere. Based on words set by the seventh-century Thomas Campion, Clarke based this song on her own earlier choral setting. Since Clarke had no children, these works might be understood as a musical expression of her perceived feminine role. Clarke also wrote several instrumental lullabies, with one for Kathron Sturrock - Rebecca Clarke and voice included here.
Like most violists, Clarke started on the violin as a child, switching to the viola while at the Royal College, and at the suggestion of Stanford. Yet, she sometimes still played the violin, in family or informal settings, or in her role as a versatile freelance musician.
A former teacher and suitor, Percy Miles, died in leaving Clarke a Stradivarius Autumn - Mr Sunshine - Garden. E.P, which she occasionally played in subsequent years.
Patricia Wright. Jonathan Rees. Jonathan Rees began playing the violin when he was seven, and continued his studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School. In he was appointed Dopest - Various - Future Hardcore Classics Vol. 12 Director of the Scottish Ensemble.
Kathron Sturrock. Further awards enabled her to accept an invitation from Rostropovitch to study the repertoire for cello and piano with him in Moscow. Along with her solo career she is in much demand as Cradle Song - Patricia Wright ensemble pianist.
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