DUST AT THE WINDMILL

DUST


Sarah Laughton and Lizzie Perring
with music for voice, bass clarinet, keyboard, accordion and autoharp
at
THE OLD WINDMILL
22-23 Spon Street, Coventry, CV1 3BA
our musical lunchtime brings you
laments, impressions, cautions and a celebration or two
1.00
Sunday February 24th 2019


WHO ARE DUST?
We came together to play music and develop our repertoire in 2017. Both of us love creative experimentation and we have had great pleasure in selecting pieces of music that chimed with us both from other places and times.
Lizzie Perring voice, keyboard, accordion and autoharp
Sarah Laughton bass clarinet and clarinet

-: LAMENTS :-
arranged by Dust for voice and bass
To lament has been part of the human condition since the dawning of time. Love is the chief culprit! You love and lose. You sigh and groan. Lament is a natural and wonderful way for us to encapsulate our grief in art and put it outside ourselves.
The Thaw an original song by Lizzie
Written in 1985, we rediscovered this unperformed song of the far icy north. A man has two lovers. He cannot chose. Their trapped love plays out under the Northern Lights. Neither woman can claim him.
Flow My Tears by John Dowland
This famous Renaissance lament tells of passionate love once held dear and now lost. Maybe their eyes met across a crowded room. Maybe their parents had someone else more wealthy in mind. So now the lover is spurned and darkness fills the world. Where will another such love come passing?
Pupille Aciere
You have intoxicated me with your lovely eyes, so how can you now reject me?

-:IMPRESSIONS:-
From the era of the Spanish impressionist Joaquín Sorolla and of Cezanne, Monet, Manet, we present early twentieth century music from Spain and France arranged for bass clarinet and keyboard.
Alfredo Cassella: Siciliana and Gavotte
Two pieces from his collection of children's piano pieces. Siciliana has that Spanish feel to it, conjuring up the plaintive early stages of a flamenco...
Gavotte is full of eneryg and fun. A real tribute to childish ways.
Gabrielle Grovlez: Westminster Abbey
The first of a set of Impressions of London was originally a technically very demanding piano piece for one person playing on four staves. Grovlez's impression of Westminster Abbey has the deep bells resounding and breaks into a Bach fugue in the middle. It is all about the serenity and grandeur.
Gabriel Faure: Apres Un Reve
A setting of an anonymous poem translated by Romain Bussine, is one of the composer's best-known works for voice. The text describes a dream in which the narrator and the beloved come together in an almost other worldly meeting.
"In a sleep which your image charmed, I dreamt of happiness, ardent mirage.... You called me, and I left the earth, to flee with you towards the light.... Return, return, radiant, mysterious night!"

-:CAUTIONS AND CELEBRATION:-
Worldes Blis anon
A medieval sung sermon
Dating from the 12th Century, this stunning piece was possibly of earlier pagan derivation. It seems likely that through time it morphed into the sermon we are presenting. It's message is simple: Don't store up worldly wealth because beyond this life you will be remembered for yourself not what you own or achieve. You are "licking honey from the thorn" when you decide otherwise.
Worldes Blis is full of allusion and metaphor and is loaded with symbols. Honey is the symbol of sweetness and prosperity: Honey related dreams are said to depict matters related to female fertility and male orgasm. Thorns are held to represent falsities of sexual desire and of the world and its pleasures.
TRANSLATION
Worldly bliss does not last for a moment; it goes and passes away presently. The longer I know it, the less value I find in it, for it is all mingled with care, with sorrows and ill success. And at the last, it leaves man poor and naked when it departs. All the bliss which is here and there, amounts in the end to weeping and grief.
All the bliss of this life, man, you shall bring to an end in weeping, (those) of house and home, of child and wife. Oh miserable man, take heed of this! For you shall leave here all the property of which you were lord. When you lie, man, on the bier, and sleep that very dreadful sleep, you will have no companion with you but your piled-up deeds.
Man, why do you set mind and heart in worldly bliss that does not last? Why do you allow that you should so often grieve for things that are transitory? You lick honey from a thorn, indeed, who set your love on worldly bliss, for it is full of bitterness. You may well be greatly terrified who mis-spend wealth here, thereby to be cast into hell.
No good deed will be unrequited, and no evil deed will not be paid for. When you lie man, under the earth, you will get what you have earned. Consider well, therefore, I advise you, and cleanse yourself of each misdeed, so that He may help you in your need, who has so dearly redeemed you, and may lead you to the bliss of heaven, which ever lasts and does not fail.

Ecco La Primavera by Landini

A medieval song celebrating Springtime
Francesco Landini was one of the most famous Italian composer, organist, singer, poet and instrument makers in late 14th century.  Ecco la primavera is a duplum Italian Ballata for tenor and bass parts.
TRANSLATION
Spring is here with its graces, To fall in love is easy; Time to have happy faces. All the fresh air around us Making us newly cheerful. Time for a change has found us; Beauty in all amasses. Fresh are the newborn grasses, The fields are full of flowers, And all the trees are towers, Blossoming in their places. Spring is here with its graces, So all our hearts are breezy. To fall in love is easy; Time to have happy faces.

Lizzie Perring
I am a singing teacher and performer based in Coventry. I studied singing at the Colchester Institute but transformed from classical singer into a singer song writer. After a career in special education, I returned to the musical world and have for 15 years been teaching all comers to develop their voices. There have been lots of collaborations in music making and theatrical pieces and many concerts for my pupils. I collaborate in three groups: "Dust," "Favaio" focussing on music from the Baroque era and "Between Us", with jazzy songs and a dash of poetry and prose on the side.
In the 1970s I was performing with the Golliard Consort in the West Country and my love of medieval and Rennaissance music harks back to then. I still have all my old music for those Golliard days and often get the folder out and browse through. We performed at banquets and in the newly opened Brewhouse Theatre. For most of my adult life I have been a singer song writer, only recently returning to develop my voice for classical music. Being a singing teacher I get free lessons from all my pupils!

Sarah Laughton
I play saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet and recorders and have been in Coventry bands since the mid 1990s including The Pigeons, Mother’s Jam and Superheroes Dream (Tin Angel Records).  I now play in Coventry band The Moonbears (What's That? Records) and we are currently recording our next album. Lizzie and I formed the duo, Dust, to perform Medieval works, impressionist music and original compositions. Music has always been at the centre of things for me - I remember picking up a recorder and reading my first musical note when I was 5 years old, I started clarinet lessons at age 11 and taught myself saxophone in my 20s.  Favaio Ensemble has given me the opportunity to collaboratively study and perform Baroque music, which for me is about finding the balance between the mathematical precision of the score in terms of time and pitch and the expression of feeling and colour.

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH DUST
TEL: 07941 565311
and
http://www.unlockthemusic.co.uk/performing.aspx
 


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