Epithalamion

By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Soprano and Cello | 7′

Title: Epithalamion
Composer:
Luna Pearl Woolf
Text by:
Richard Crashaw
Year Composed:
1998
Instrumentation:
Soprano and Cello
Duration:
7′
Format: Score + Parts
Catalogue Number:
OM0105

Printed Edition Price: 30.00 USD

PDF Price: 25.00 USD

Listen to an excerpt of Epithalamion:


Who’s playing?
Eileen Clark, soprano, Matt Haimovitz, cello

Epithalamion, a wedding blessing, was written to be performed during a ceremony held in the music room of Holyoke Mass.’s beautiful Wistariahurst Museum.  Richard Crashaw’s text calls for a long, sweet, and most importantly, harmonious marriage.

Epithalamion
Long may this happy heaven-tied band
Exercize its most holy art,
Keeping her heart within his hand,
Keeping his hand upon her heart;
Except from her eyes
___Feel he no charms
Find she no joy
___But in his arms;

May each maintain a well-fledged nest
Of winged loves in either’s breast;
Be each of them a mutual sacrifice
Of either’s eyes.

May their whole life a sweet song prove
Set to two well composed parts
By music’s noblest master, Love,
Played on the strings of both their hearts;
Whose mutual sound
___May ever meet
In a just round
___Not short but sweet;

Long may heaven listen to the song
And think it short though it be long
Oh, prove’t a well-set song indeed, which shows
Sweetest in the close.

This work is recorded on Oxingale Records’ album Lemons Descending. Click here to go to the album page on iTunes.

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