On Claudy Banks

Butler, Martin (2007) On Claudy Banks. [Composition]

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Abstract

On Claudy Banks is a quiet response to the musical and lyrical content of the traditional folk song, Claudy (sometimes Cloddy) Banks. Hymn-like outer sections are balanced by a somewhat sinister, brooding central section that feeds on the military backdrop to the song's lyric - a woman mourning the supposed loss of her lover at war with the Spanish - by the inclusion of the Irish drum, the bodhrán (the river Claudy is in Ireland). The overriding mood of the piece is, however, one of peaceful melancholy. All the musical material is borrowed from the song, although its profile is most obviously present in the outer sections.

Item Type: Composition
Additional Information: Work for small, mixed ensemble (6 players), 5 minutes, commissioned by the Tacet Ensemble and first performed by them at the 'Junctions' series, May 2005.
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Depositing User: Martin Butler
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:36
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2012 13:51
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26969
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