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Music for a While


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from Studio 1, Pebble Mill.
Michael Berkeley presents the second in a series of five invitation concerts to celebrate the 90th birthday of Sir Michael Tippett and to mark the 300th anniversary of the death of Henry Purcell.
Martyn Hill (tenor) Andrew Ball (piano) Fretwork
Purcell, an Tippett Music for a While; Sweeter than Roses
Purcell Fantasias for four viols: in C minor; in G Tippett Boyhood's End
Purcell Fantasias for four viols: in D minor; in F Tippett Songs for Ariel
8.10 The Isle Is Full of Noises
Composer Sally Beamish considers the joys and problems of setting the English language to music and in particular some of Tippett's distinctive settings of text.
8.30 Purcell Fantasia upon One Note for five viols in F
Sally Beamish in dreaming (BBC commission, first performance)
Purcell Fantasias for four viols: in D minor; in B flat minor
Tippett The Heart's Assurance


Unknown: Michael Berkeley
Unknown: Sir Michael Tippett
Unknown: Henry Purcell.
Piano: Andrew Ball
Unknown: Tippett Music
Unknown: Purcell Fantasias
Unknown: Sally Beamish
Unknown: Sally Beamish

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