CARMINA EX RUINAS, (composed 2018/19) is a musical drama set in Lewes, Sussex, 1538. The inspiration came from walking among the ruins of the Saint Pancras, Cluniac monastery that have somehow persevered since the Dissolution.
C A R M I N A E X R U I N A S (Songs From The Ruins)
A new work composed during 2018/19.
Soprano Solo, Plain Chants, SATB
Flute Obbligato, Oboe & Cor. Obbligato,
Violin, Violoncello & Bass
Synthesizer + prescribed Samples
Drums & Percussion,
PRAELUDIUM: Solo flute. The Song-thrush in the church bell tower.
PRIMUS: HOSANNA IN EXCELSIS - Arrival in Dieppe.
SEKUNDUS: ET IN TERRA PAX HOMINIBUS - Back on dry land at last!
TRIBUS: DE PROFUNDIS - The Dissolution has begun. Fires around the foundations.
QUARTEM - SALVE REGINA - A cacophony of street musicians, townfolk beying for the walls to tumble.
QUINTUS: DICIT DOMINUS - The miracle at Cana remembered.
SEXTUS: AGNUS DEI - Saving the bell.
SEPTEM: CHRISTUS FACTUS EST, RESURREXIT - Prayers and flight from the Plague.
OCTEM: JUBILATE DEO - The walk to Chichester - The 3 riders approach.
NOVEM: KYRIE - Giving thanks for safe return to France.