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Burial Ground

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Christos Hatzis

Burial Ground

Woodwind Quintet

Facsimile Performance Set

PROMETHEAN EDITIONS

WELLINGTON


Christos Hatzis

Burial Ground

Woodwind Quintet

Facsimile Performance Set

Score version December 1993

Burial Ground was commissioned by 5th

Spiecies, based in Toronto, Canada.

This edition is a facsimile of the original score provided by the composer.

PEFCHBG

© 1993 Promethean Editions Limited

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Wellington

NEW ZEALAND

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Instrumentation

Flutes

Oboe

Clarinet in BÏ

Bassoon

Horns in F

TRANSPOSED SCORE


Programme Notes

Burial Ground is based on the well-known ground ‘When I am laid in earth...’

from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. The original aria appears either fragmented

or in its entirety and with varying degrees of comprehensibility throughout

the piece. Its harmony and accompaniment are nearly always preserved, but

they are masked by superimposed music drawn predominantly from the

early part of the twentieth centry and by complex sound textures resulting

from the use of extended woodwind techniques. Formally, the piece is a

series of musical and sonic ‘wanderings’ with the Purcell original acting as

departure and/or arrival points. The title - a pun - refers to the work’s emotional

as well as its formal character. The text of the original aria reads as

follows:

When I am laid in earth

Let my wrongs create

No trouble in thy breast.

Remember me, but oh!

Forget my fate.

The composer writes:

Burial Ground is dedicated to the memory of my late friend Chari Polatos

who was killed in a car crash on the night of May 7, 1992 on his way home

from a 5th Species concert. A self-taught singer and instrumentalist of

extraordinary talent, Chari was a unique individual. His idiosyncratic temperament

and controversial ideas on life and art have been a standard against

which I had to measure myself as an artist and a person for the better part of

a decade. My musical choices in Burial Ground were triggered by memories

from this friendship and by the text of the original aria.’

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