Morfydd - 2018 - 6’
For clarinet (Bb), horn, bassoon, two violins, viola, cello, and double bass
Written for the Berkeley Ensemble for the PRS Accelerate scheme.
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Morfydd Llwyn Owen (1891-1918) was a Welsh composer. After studying piano and composition in Cardiff, she attended the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she won multiple prizes. She died of chloroform poisoning at the age of 26, following an operation to treat an acute appendicitis. During her short life she wrote around 250 pieces, including works for orchestra, choir, solo piano and chamber music.
This piece is based entirely upon her 1914 song for voice and piano, The Lamb , which sets the well known poem of the same name by William Blake. - Robin Haigh
“A quietly effective re-imagining of music from another era, Morfydd was more than a respectful tribute. It caught the spirit of the earlier score while also giving the audience a flavour of Haigh’s own distinctive musical personality.“ - Musical Opinion