Raise no funeral song …
for soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano
soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano
Year of composition:
Jessica Summers (soprano) and Jelena Makarova (piano), Living Songs: Songs of Love and Exile Concert, York Late Music, St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel, York, 5 February 2022.
‘Raise no funeral song’ sets a fragment from the first scene of “Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus: A Version for the Modern Stage” by W.B. Yeats.
It is intended in the manner of a narration rather than as a piece for the stage. As in storytelling, a singer delivers the utterances of all the characters. The piano provides evocative shards of music that punctuate the narrative.