Music of a distant drum: songs from medieval Arabic, Persian and Hebrew texts

Hesketh, K. (2006) Music of a distant drum: songs from medieval Arabic, Persian and Hebrew texts. [Composition]

Abstract

For baritone and chamber ensemble, texts translated by Bernard Lewis, duration 18 minutes. In six sections: I) The Spheres and Signs; II) A Cloud heavy with water; III) Interlude (instrumental); IV) This is wine!; V) O New Moon; VI) Life's Calamities. This work was commissioned by the Continuum Ensemble and premiered by them with Rodney Clarke (baritone), conducted by Philip Headlam on 6 June 2006. Recordings of 'Interlude' and 'This is wine!,' and 'Life's Clamities' are available on SoundClound at the following links: https://soundcloud.com/ken-hesketh/interlude-this-is-wine-from; https://soundcloud.com/ken-hesketh/lifes-calamities-from-music-of.

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