Far from home


by John Woolrich

A lullaby for large unaccompanied SATB chorus
Mixed Voices
Various folk sources
Commissioned by the Crouch End Festival Chorus
First Performance
16.10.93, All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London: Crouch End Festival Chorus/David Temple

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Programme Notes

I made the text for this piece from fragments of folk lullabies from all over Europe, including the Hebrides, the Isle of Man, Portugal, Tuscany and Sicily. Sometimes I think that the most moving thing a large choir can do is to sing an individual’s (perhaps secret) thoughts. This piece uses that ambiguity. It is a gentle, quiet work, but with dark shadows: nocturnal fears, whispers, sleeplessness and premonitions of loss. 'Far From Home' was commissioned by the Crouch End Festival Chorus.

© John Woolrich

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‘… wistful … the lullaby itself proved to be melodious contribution to the neo-romantic English choral tradition of gentle gravitas and cool harmony. Woolrich’s text, sewn together out of folksong scraps from remote corners of Europe, ranges through darker regions of sleep and dreaming than many lullabies care to explore. The unaccompanied choral writing also wanders somewhat from one musical incident or idea to the next, rocking and musing but then a certain aimlessness is implicit in the lul Read more

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