A Garland For Linda (2000)
This chamber music album is a tribute to Linda McCartney's memory. It contributed to launch The Garland Appeal, a registered charity with the aim to raise money for cancer research and British music.
The first track is Silence and Music (Ralph Vaughan Williams), composed for A Garland For The Queen, a tribute to the Queen Eilzabeth II paid by ten British composers and ten poets in 1953. This was a precedent for A Garland For Linda.
Nine composers, including Paul, contributed to the nine other tracks on this album. All the compositions were completed by mid-May 1999 and were given their world premiere at Charterhouse Chapel on Sunday 18th July 1999, by the Joyful Company of Singers.
The Joyful Company of Singers.
Time Composer 1.
Silence And Music
Prayer For The Healing Of The Sick
Musica Dei Donum
The Doorway Of The Dawn
The Flight Of The Swan
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Sir Paul McCartney
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
booklet includes a photo and a personal note by Paul.
|Paul & Linda together.|
(by Sir Paul McCartney)
"Nova was written for A Garland For Linda, to a text by the composer, in the period from November 1998 to May 1999. The questioning opening - 'Are You there? God where are You' - is ambigous in terms of key, and the questioning spirit dominates the first part of the work. The answer - 'I am here in every song you sing', double forte from the tenors and the basses - introduces the second part of the work. The tonality is clearer and Paul McCartney's lyrical and melodic strength is evident. The theme at 'I am here in every song you sing' is instantly memorable. The affirmatory tone at 'with each step I'll be that arm that guides' is followed by a gentle, conciliatory ending."
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