Old Year, The


SATB chorus and chamber orchestra
Chorus with Orchestra/Ensemble
Horace (trans Christopher Smart)
2.2.ca.2.cbsn - 0.3.btpt.2.btrbn.cbtrbn.0 - harp - vla.cb
Commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia with funds from the BBC, Arts for Everyone and Sound's New
First Performance
26.2.99, Chelmsford Cathedral: Britten Sinfonia/BBC Singers/Nicholas Cleobury

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Programme Notes

Much of this work is based on a song about the turning of the year, in two different harmonisations by J S Bach. But the piece soon wanders off this path and into dark woods which echo with other songs: Gesualdo (‘Ecco moriro dunque!/Ne sia che pur rimire/Tu ch’anci di mirand’/il mio morire), Monteverdi (O chiome d’or from his Sestina), and Stravinsky (fleeting ghosts of Agon, The Soldier’s Tale, Canticum Sacrum and the death chord from Requiem Canticles). 'The Old Year' was commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia with funds from the BBC, Arts for Everyone and Sound's New.

© John Woolrich

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