Coventry Carol - Charlotte Baskerville

Duration: 4'00"
Ensemble: SATB unaccompanied
Grading: Medium
CMP373 Full score £2.50

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This setting of the traditional text of the Coventry Carol was written during the November lockdown of 2020. The carol refers to the Massacre of the Innocents, starting with a lilting gentle lullaby, proceeding to a more violent section, before returning to the haunting tranquillity of the lullaby to the doomed children. The exploration of harmony and colour plays an important role in this piece and the creation of different atmospheres. Whilst the approach to the setting of this text has a distinctly 21st-century flavour, musical references to the traditional English carol can also be heard.