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Patrick Hawes
1958 -
Great Britain, England
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P. Hawes
Patrick Hawes (1958), a British composer. He studied at the University of Durham before working as a teacher of music and English, being appointed composer in residence at Charterhouse School, where he produced a children's opera and several other choral works, some in partnership with his brother, Andrew. He is Classic FM's Composer in Residence for 2006–2007. He currently lives on the Norfolk coast, and draws influence from the beauty of nature, English literature, and his Christian faith. Less well known is that Patrick Hawes is a keen organist and holds the Fellowship award from the Royal College of Organists
Lazarus Requiem
Period:21st century
Composed in:2004
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Latin mass + English texts
Label(s):SIG CD282
The Lazarus Requiem (2004) for soloists, choir, orchestra.
The premiere of the Lazarus Requiem took place on March 14th 2008. The venue was London's Cadogan Hall and the performance was given by the English Chamber Orchestra, the Tallis Chamber Choir and Patrick's own choir Conventus. The new royal harpist Claire Jones featured alongside the Scottish tenor Thomas Walker and the sopranos Erica Eloff and Harriet Williams. This occasion was a key event in London's musical calendar and, as well as the premiere of the Lazarus Requiem, there were performances of highlights from Blue in Blue and newly orchestrated pieces from Towards the Light. There were speeches and photographs, and this was a unique opportunity to witness first-hand the most important stage in Patrick's career to date. The Lazarus Requiem by Patrick Hawes is the composer's largest work to date. Conceived by Patrick's brother Andrew (a priest and poet), the work uses traditional Latin text from the Requiem Mass together with an account in English of the raising of Lazarus. The English text, derived from St. John's Gospel, is in a new translation by Andrew and there is an original poem at the climax of the work entitled Jesus Wept. The sections in English, referred to as tableaux, alternate with the traditional Requiem movements. The work begins with an orchestral Elegy for Lazarus. This depicts the dying man and sets the scene for the first tableau where we are informed “a certain man was ill”. Mary and Martha , the sisters of Lazarus, send for Jesus and the drama of the miracle unfolds. The main characters within this drama are sung by the soloists: tenor (Christ), soprano (Mary) and mezzo-soprano (Martha). There is a small part for baritone (Thomas), and a semi-chorus narrate the events, with the tenors and basses taking on the role of the disciples. The sound worlds of the tableaux and the Latin movements are quite different. The Requiem, Kyrie, Sanctus etc. use the full resources of both choir and orchestra whereas the tableaux, as well as using semi-chorus, are characterised by muted strings, harp and baritone saxophone. Christ's solos see the addition of the four horns. There are moments where the two sound worlds cross. Most notably, the Benedictus takes the form of a soprano solo sung by Mary, and at the climax of the miracle when Christ exclaims, "Unbind him! Loose him! Let him go!” the mutes are removed from the strings, and the full orchestra interject with the concluding section of this tableau. The final movement of the work is the Lux Aeterna, for choir and orchestra, together with the two female soloists.
Source:http://www.patrickhawes.com/lazarus.php
Contributor:Arye Kendi
Requiem aeternam
Period:21st century
Composed in:2007
Musical form:fragment
Duration:4'51
Label(s):Sigcd 178
Requiem aeternam from: Lazarus Requiem for mixed choir and orchestra.