Ashes of Soldiers (2010 - 2012)
for soprano, clarinet, harp and strings

Composition Date: 2010
Revision Date: 2012
Duration: 00:08:00
Genre: Solo Voice, With Large Ensemble (10-20 Performers), Woodwind(s), Plectral String / String Bowed

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 1 x String orchestra
Programme Note:
Ashes of Soldiers (2010-2012) began its life as a chamber work for soprano,
clarinet and piano. I subsequently orchestrated the piece, replacing the
piano with strings and harp.

The piece is in two movements: the first is for clarinet, harp and strings;
in the second, a soprano is added to the ensemble. Thematically, the two
movements – which are performed without pause – are closely related.
Rather than composing two contrasting, discrete pieces, my intention was to
make the second movement a continuation and development of the musical ideas
introduced in the first.

The text is based on a poem by Walt Whitman, from his Leaves of Grass.
Despite the poem’s specific setting in Civil War era USA, its theme is
universal: the mourning of all soldiers who have died in battle, regardless
of their allegiances.

Ashes of Soldiers is dedicated to my father, Alan James Eatock, who was a
soldier at one point in his life, and who passed away in 2010.






CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 1316 E137ash
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Large Ensemble (10-20 Performers), Woodwind(s), Plectral String / String Bowed
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • September 8, 2014
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (42 p.)
    42 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 40
    7 parts ([40] p.)
    40 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Text by Walt Whitman
    Also available for soprano, viola and piano: MV 1205 E137asv; and for soprano, clarinet and piano: MV 1111 E137ash I


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