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Martin Iddon

Martin Iddon Blodeuwedd

song cycle for baritone and piano

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This song cycle does not seek to tell the Blodeuwedd story programmatically, but rather reflects upon the themes which surround it and which appear both directly and obliquely in the poetry of the Middle Welsh poet, Dafydd ap Gwilym (arguably, indeed, one of the greatest medieval poets) and of poetry previously ascribed to him but now recognised as the work of other (anonymous) poets of the same tradition. The texts relating to the broom plant, the owl, and Blodeuwedd herself all appear in the narrative directly, while Robert Graves’s analysis of the text suggests that Blodeuwedd is directly connected with the moon, her fingers being “whiter than the ninth wave of the sea”: not only is nine the number associated with the moon, but Blodeuwedd’s fate is never to see the daylight.

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Composer Martin Iddon
Year of Composition 2016
Instrumentation Piano, Baritone
Duration 17'
Student Difficulty N/A

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