Hatless in Ilkley (2014)

Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet, oboe, baritone, small percussion and violoncello
Duration: Approx 3’10”
Date of composition: April 2014


Based around the Yorkshire folk song On Ilkley Moor Baht ‘At, this piece is formed of fragments of its harmonic and melody lines and snippets of text and notation from two other Yorkshire folk songs, the Holmfirth Anthem and Scarborough Fair.

The introduction is formed entirely from material from the original song. The baritone then enters, with lines from On Ilkley Moor interspersed with text from the other songs to add a new dimension to the narrator’s tale. At various points the accompaniment interrupts with snippets of the Ilkley Moor melody as the piece builds to a chorus. This features melodic lines from all three folk songs, growing in strength before receding to the coda, where it returns to material purely derived from the original.

Hatless of Ilkley was written in April 2014 for catch_22, and is approximately 3’10” in length.

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