Orpheus with his lute

Orpheus with his lute : Vocal score

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for SATB unaccompanied This is a simple and elegant miniature in characteristic Skempton style, with graceful choral homophony, seamlessly fluctuating time signatures, and hypnotic, meandering harmonies. The text, by William Shakespeare, is an homage to music, as Orpheus's singing makes the trees and mountains bow, and the sea hang its head and lay by.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 4 pages
  • 176 x 247 x 1mm
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193398656
  • 9780193398658

About Howard Skempton

Born in Chester in 1947, Howard Skempton has worked as a composer, accordionist, and music publisher. Renowned for the distinctive clarity of his musical language, he has composed over 300 pieces, many of which are miniatures for solo piano or accordion. His orchestral and instrumental works have been recorded by, among others, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Bash. In recent years, Skempton has concentrated increasingly on writing vocal and choral music: his
choral commissions include works for the BBC Singers and the Belfast Philharmonic Society. CDs of Skempton's choral music-Ben Somewhen (NMC D135) and The Cloths of Heaven (DCD34056)-are available on the NMC and Delphian labels.
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