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Marina, Op.44

Category Vocal
Composed 1988
Duration (approx) 10 minutes

Baritone, basset horn, viola, piano

Text Author(s) T.S. Eliot
Text Language English
Recording(s) Winter Passions
Publisher Faber Music

Bath Festival with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain.

First performance 9 June 1988
Venue Guildhall, Bath
Orchestra / Ensemble Henry Herford, Angela Malsbury, Yuko Inoue, Graham Johnson
Review Rober Maycock, The Independent, 28 June 1989

This Eliot setting winds its eloquent and spacious vocal line through a restricted range of colour, essentially finding a central image from the poem and meditating on it, expanding and enlarging and in the end returning. The colour of the instrumental trio haunts the memory afterwards, partly through the alluring combination of basset-horn and viola, but above all in the viola’s arching lines, gently animated with Sibelius-like articulations.