ENDURING LIKE A TREE UNDER THE CURIOUS STARS #3

Johannes Ockenghem I was wondering which tunes were hot around 1420 when my friend Dan turned around and sang me ‘Prenez Sur Moi’ by Johannes Ockenghem. Since Dan is from around 14-15C but somehow landed in 2018, he must be reliable source! Ockenghem is a Flemish composer, sort of from around my native area andContinue reading “ENDURING LIKE A TREE UNDER THE CURIOUS STARS #3”

ENDURING LIKE A TREE UNDER THE CURIOUS STARS #2

The Llwyn Celyn buildings date from around 1420 and in an attempt to express this astonishing awareness of time passed I’ve written two works in modern medieval style. I’ve been using monophony in canon and found myself working pretty much in the same way while developing both very different commissions – that of the panoramic score and the choral pieces.

ENDURING LIKE A TREE UNDER THE CURIOUS STARS #1

Near Llanthony, Brecon Beacons .  Enduring Like A Tree Under The Curious Stars… is the final sentence of R.S. Thomas’ poem A Peasant, which I’ve included below. I hadn’t heard of it untill this commission and the words describe so accurately and painterly the modest but weathered routines of tradional Welsh farming life, still existingContinue reading “ENDURING LIKE A TREE UNDER THE CURIOUS STARS #1”