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Nine Figures on a Hill
Nine Choral Songs for Double Choir (SSAATTBB)
This highly concentrated work lasting about 15 minutes was written in 2004 as a companion piece to Priaulx Rainier's Requiem, a vocal work for 8-part unaccompanied choir and solo tenor voice, first sung in 1956 by Peter Pears and the Purcell Singers conducted by Imogen Holst. The poem Requiem was written specially for Rainier in 1938-40 by the surrealist poet David Gascoyne, with a choral setting in mind. Its words, conceived in the dark days just before the Second World War,

look forward to ‘the prospective victims of the world's lost ideals and hopes'.

Nine Figures on a Hill
also sets specially commissioned words. Devised by Margaret Morgan specifically for choral setting, her text gives voice to the sculptures of Barbara Hepworth's totem-like Nine Figures on a Hill, more popularly known as Family of Man.

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