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The Beauty of Music

The Beauty of Music: a piece from the community

Performer: Edmund Lee


A special recital by pianist and parishioner, Edmund Lee, focusing on the impressionistic beauty of Ravel.

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) was a French/Basque composer with an incomparably rich musical imagination; he also had the rare gift of being equally at ease writing for solo piano or full orchestra. His set of five Miroirs for piano, written between 1904 and 1905, are, as their title suggests, reflections in sound of a sequence of poetic images. I will be playing the first three as follows:-

Noctuelles - imagine a large open barn in summer in the south of France. The night air is heavy with heat, and night-moths ('noctuelles') are flapping against the roof-beams.

Oiseaux tristes - a beautiful, slightly desolate dreamscape.

Une barque sur l'océan - a stunning evocation of a boat being carried over the waters, sometimes calmly, but not without the odd storm. Right from the start, with its lapping cross-rhythms, the range of musical material is kaleidoscopic.

Miroirs by Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)

Performer: Edmund Lee

Haec dies by William Byrd 1543-1623 

Performer: Holy Trinity Choir

Our Holy Trinity Choir recorded two beautiful liturgical pieces during lockdown which we are delighted to share with you as part of our 2020 Festival.

Tu es Petrus by Robert Lucas Pearsall 1795 - 1856 

Performer: Holy Trinity Choir