In Iejunio et Fletu
Genre: Chamber music quintet flute, clarinet, violin, cello piano
Description: A short work for chamber ensemble inspired by Thomas Tallis's motet of the same name
Duration: 5 minutes
Tallis set In ieiunio et fletu in his Cantiones Sacrae (1575), a volume including some of his final and most expressive motets. This is a penitential text particularly suited to Ash Wednesday, with priests weeping at the altar and pleading for forgiveness for the people.
As I absorbed the strange and beautiful harmonies while arranging the work for a modern ensemble, the violin came forward in my mind - prompting a new layer, based on the harmonies of the music, as though a new foreground was being produced, slightly blurring or occluding the original. To this counterpoint the piano also introduced a new layer. For me, this modern ensemble reflects a new approach on the negotiation between voices and instruments that was a feature of 16th and 17th century practices in English music. This work was rescored in 2018 as part of a new work for chamber orchestra 'Sinfonia'.
Chamber music quintet