By a thousand names o flower (2008)

The title of the piece is a fragment of a line from Sophocle’s Antigone, the final play of the Oedipus Trilogy. At a crucial juncture in the piece, the chorus sing a desperate Paean calling for the Salvation of Thebes and the House of Oedipus. My title comes from the 1958 Translation, by Paul Roche.
The piece ‘By a thousand names o flower,’ was written whilst in residence at the Dartington International Summer School, and under the guidance of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music. It was first performed at the festival by The New Century Players from Calarts.
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