Hilary Tann (1947-2023)

Wings Of The Grasses

Duration (in minutes): 4

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any high voice, oboe, soprano, viola

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Score PDF: oup-wings_of_the_grasses-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: The cycle, Songs of the Cotton Grass, evolved over six years with all texts by Welsh poet Menna Elfyn. These “reverse lullabies” -- in which a daughter lulls her mother to sleep -- recall the open, high moorland of South Wales, near the composer’s home. The second song in the cycle, Wings of the Grasses was composed for "A Garland for Presteigne” and received its first performance August 25, 2003 by soprano Gillian Keith with Simon Lepper, piano. The duo is for voice and oboe, or alternatively, viola. (Audio features Elizabeth Donovan, sop, Matthew Jones, vla.)

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