I Live in Love-Longing

for mezzo-soprano, recorder, oboe and string quartet

Kevin Malone

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for mezzo-soprano, recorder, oboe and string quartet

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Composer Kevin Malone
Year of Composition 2017
Duration ca.10'
ISMN 9790570682034
Categories (all composers) , , ,
Catalogue ID ce-km1ilill1


I Live in Long-Longing was inspired by author Dennis Hamley’s updated English rendering of the British Library’s mediaeval manuscript ‘To Alysoun’, a minstrel’s lyric most likely put to paper by the Ludlow Scribe between 1290 and 1350. Despite the intervening centuries, the lyric still speaks clearly of the pains of a man as he awaits his love. I chose to accentuate the pent-up ecstasy of her arrival, which lies beneath the text, with a teasing out of adjacent words in unexpected pairings.