The Triadic Riddles of Water and Ice Paul Robinson

The Triadic Riddles of Water and Ice cover
Text/libretto by
Symphosius
Duration
2 mins
Composed
1998
Published
2016
Categories

Voice, unaccompanied Vocal Trio

Instrumentation
2 Soprano, 1 Alto

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Programme note

The Anglo Saxon riddles are perhaps more familiar to us than the source from which this riddle is taken (Symphosius). I have always sought opportunities to set Latin and given the international character of the summer school for which it was written, Latin was a useful lingua franca.

 

From on high I come in prolonged downpours

From heaven I have dropped, passed through the air

But earth’s bosom has taken me in.

 

Water was I once which I’ll be again I think

I am bound by heaven’s unbending chains

When trod upon I cannot last, nor when bare be held.

 

First performed in July 1998 by Trio Mediaeval on the Hilliard Summer School at St. Johns College, Cambridge.

Premiere
Trio Mediaeval, Hilliard Summer School at St. Johns College, Cambridge, July 1998
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