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|Work Title||Pope Annuls Magna Carta|
|Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No.||mj343|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||2015|
|First Performance.||2015 Bath Festival|
|Librettist||Innocent III Pope (1160-1216)|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||soprano, mezzo, bass, and 2 treble (or young-sounding) soloists, mixed chorus (SSATTB)|
The French troubadour poet-musician Gaucelm Faidit (1170-1202) composed a Planh on the death of the English Richard the Lionheart in 1199. Malcolm Hill took Faidit’s rhythm, melody and unusual metrical scheme and fitted them around a text based on Pope Innocent III’s letters to England of 1213 and 1215. Thirteenth century compositional methods were applied throughout the resulting motet. Soloists (singing only in English) act either as narrators or translators of the Latin (sung by the chorus) of the Pope’s letter. The main body of the piece involves a dramatic soprano soloist singing against a 6-part chorus.
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