Mahakoe

Catalogue no:

979-0-804007-47-3

Scoring:

This is an intense, impassioned work. Moerane’s text was clearly inspired by W.B. Yeats’ poem, ‘He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’ (1899), although it is darker in tone. The harmonic language is Wagnerian (the ‘Tristan’ motif is even quoted), at times almost expressionist. The central section contrasts in key, tonal freedom and rhythmic style with the outer two and begins with an extended hemiola, like the second theme in the finale of Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. The vocal writing is unlike anything else Moerane wrote, bordering on the instrumental. It could almost be a string quartet.