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Burial Ground

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Christos HatzisBurial Ground (Woodwind Ensemble)
Woodwind Quintet

A facsimile copy of the composer's manuscript of this work is available for purchase as a study score for reference and study. This material is a copy of the original composer's manuscript and is not edited or formatted for publication. This service is only available to individuals and may not be resold. (Retailers, trade customers, institutions and libraries with requests for this work, please advise your customers and patrons to contact us directly for availability: info@promethean-editions.com). The provision of this service, and/or circulation of copies of the manuscript, does not constitute the copy as a publication or published edition under the New Zealand Copyright Act 1994.

 

This Facsimile Edition is a spiral-bound full score book.

This work is based on the well-known ground ‘When I am laid in earth’ from Purcell’s opera <i>Dido and Aeneas</i>. The original aria appears either fragmented or in its entirety and with varying degrees of comprehensibility throughout the piece. Its harmony and accompaniment are nearly always preserved, but they are masked by superimposed music drawn predominantly from the early part of the twentieth century and by complex sound textures resulting from the use of extended woodwind techniques. Formally, the piece is a series of musical and sonic ‘wanderings’ with Purcell’s original acting as a point for departure and arrival. The title – a pun – refers to the emotional as well as the formal character of the work. The text of the original aria reads as follows:<br><br>
<i>When I am laid in earth<br>
Let my wrongs create<br>
No trouble in thy breast.<br>
Remember me, but oh!<br>
Forget my fate.</i><br><br>
The composer writes ‘<b><i>Burial Ground</i></b> was commissioned by 5th Species, an innovative woodwind quintet based in Toronto. It is dedicated to the memory of my late friend Chari Polatos who was killed in a car crash on the night of 7 May, 1992 on his way home from a 5th Species concert. A self-taught singer and instrumentalist of extraordinary talent, Chari was a unique individual. His idiosyncratic temperament and controversial ideas on life and art have been a standard against which I had to measure myself as an artist and as a person for the better part of a decade. My musical choices in <b><i>Burial Ground</i></b> were triggered by memories from this friendship and by the text of the original ari

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This work is based on the well-known ground ‘When I am laid in earth’ from Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas. The original aria appears either fragmented or in its entirety and with varying degrees of comprehensibility throughout the piece. Its harmony and accompaniment are nearly always preserved, but they are masked by superimposed music drawn predominantly from the early part of the twentieth century and by complex sound textures resulting from the use of extended woodwind techniques. Formally, the piece is a series of musical and sonic ‘wanderings’ with Purcell’s original acting as a point for departure and arrival. The title – a pun – refers to the emotional as well as the formal character of the work.

The composer writes: ‘Burial Ground was commissioned by 5th Species, an innovative woodwind quintet based in Toronto. It is dedicated to the memory of my late friend Chari Polatos who was killed in a car crash on the night of 7 May, 1992 on his way home from a 5th Species concert. A self-taught singer and instrumentalist of extraordinary talent, Chari was a unique individual. His idiosyncratic temperament and controversial ideas on life and art have been a standard against which I had to measure myself as an artist and as a person for the better part of a decade. My musical choices in Burial Ground were triggered by memories from this friendship and by the text of the original aria.’

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Composer:
Christos Hatzis
Format:
Softback Score
Pages:
69

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