Epitaph for Moonlight
for youth choir and optional percussion

Composition Date: 1968
Revision Date: 1969
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), With Chamber Ensemble (2 - 9 Performers), Percussion

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Children's chorus
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Programme Note:
The text of the work is made up of words invented by a Grade 7 class when, in 1966, I asked pupils for suitable synonyms that would express in sound the concept of "moonlight".


It is a free composition in which the singers must improvise from given indications of pitch, intensity and duration. To accompany the voices there is a selection of instruments as desired: glockenspiels, metallophones, vibraphones, triangles, bells, cymbals. The vibrations from these instruments, when used carefully, produced luminous effects that are evocative of moonlight reflecting on water. The score is written graphically and so does not require a knowledge of conventional musical notaion.

R. M. S.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 6230 S296ep
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), With Chamber Ensemble (2 - 9 Performers), Percussion
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 8, 1989
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ((12) leaves in folder) ;
    12 Pages
    Height: 24 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Text consists of invented words for moonlight.
    Written in 1968.
    Duration: ca. 5:50
    For SATB youth choir (divisi) with optional percussion.
    Level: MD-D.
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  • Published by Berandol Music Ltd. and distributed by the CMC

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