On Claudy Banks

On Claudy Banks

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On Claudy Banks is a quiet response to the musical and lyrical content of the traditional folk song, Claudy (sometimes Cloddy) Banks. Hymn-like outer sections are balanced by a somewhat sinister, brooding central section that feeds on the military backdrop to the song's lyric - a woman mourning the supposed loss of her lover at war with the Spanish - by the inclusion of the Irish drum, the bodhran (the river Claudy is in Ireland). The overriding mood of the piece is, however, one of peaceful melancholy. All the musical material is borrowed from the song, although its profile is most obviously present in the outer sections.show more

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  • Sheet music | 36 pages
  • 210 x 297mm | 75g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193356651
  • 9780193356658

About Martin Butler

Martin Butler was born in Romsey, England, in 1960 and studied at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. In 1983 he received a Fulbright Award for study at Princeton University, USA, where he was resident until 1987. From 1998-1999 Martin was Composer-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in the United States. He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Sussex. Butler's works are widely performed and broadcast both in the UK and abroad.show more