Brief Ecstasy

Fowler, Tommy

Duration

5m 00s

Composed

1991

Instrumentation

Voices and Instruments

Scoring

sop, fl, cl, bn

Availability

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About the work

The brief but powerful text, by Annie Ross, is on the tragedy of a still-birth. The piece tries to bring out the desperate torture felt by the mother as she reflects on the event while at the same time, with the use of jaunty phrasing and erratic melodic lines, pointed with some irony to the controlled public face she wears.

First Performance: Epic Arts Chamber Group, Dunstable, 1991