Composed in memory of the victims of 11 September 2001 and based on an anonymous 16th-century text, which has been the inspiration for composers into the 21st-century, this beautiful and heartfelt lament is in an adventurous but accessible and tonal idiom. A sincere, yet simple and evocative setting of the text produces a rhapsodic work of long sustained lyrical phrases for any singer. There are few challenges but much to explore and enjoy, with a simple yet supportive accompaniment.
This also exists in versions for SSAA choir [RMS036] and SATB choir [RMS035].
Peter Lamb (1925-2013) was born in London and studied composition at Trinity College of Music, subsequently with Arthur Benjamin, and was awarded a Fellowship of Trinity College for his First String Quartet.
He combined a busy career as a professional composer and music administrator, initially working for two international record companies before an appointment as Deputy Manager of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Here he worked on programme building with the eminent conductor Constantin Silvestri, and also helped to establish the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. For ten years he was Head of Music at Peter Symonds' College in Winchester and, prior to his retirement, lectured at the University of Southampton for eight years.
Peter Lamb's music has been performed worldwide, from Britain, France and Sweden, to Brazil, Canada and America, and significant works include a Flute Sonata, Flute Sonatina, Duologue for oboe and piano, a String Quartet, Concerto for viola and string orchestra, Wind Quintet, and many unaccompanied choral works. His compositional style combines a quintessentially English quality with a clarity of line and expression, incorporating a rich and varied harmonic palette and a gallic charm, producing music of strong character and distinction.