unaccompanied SATB chorus
Mixed Voices
First Performance
3.10.02, UK, St Giles, Cripplegate, London: BBC Singers/David Hill

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Colin Matthews Estrangement Estrangement is a setting of Edmund Blunden's 1919 poem The Estrangement, originally set for chorus and orchestra as the first part of Aftertones, a work written in 2000 for the Huddersfield Choral Society. When composing it, I worked at the choral setting almost independently of its orchestral accompaniment, and so it seemed logical to turn it back into an unaccompanied piece [especially for this concert]. Edmund Blunden's sense of landscape and place remained with him throughout the horrors of the First World War: his was essentially a gentle spirit, and he was able to convey the bleakness of a war-torn country with something approaching objectivity. Colin Matthews

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