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Recording parts of the new work in the Faroes - photo Alan Brockie.
MIDI files and notation for educational use.
On this page you can find downloadable MIDI files and sections of the score from From Egil's Saga.
These are support materials for the Eastern Orchestral Board's Connected education projects associated with this new work.
Connected: educational projects

There are teachers' workshops notes to accompany the material:
Teachers' Workshops notes


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Recording Runi Brattaberg in Faeroes cave. Photo Alan Brockie
Sample 1
Downloads

Download solo bass line notation "Lament"  as pdf document (55kb)
Download midi file (4kb)

Translation 

Beginning of Part II,
"Lament for my Sons" :
   
My mouth strains
To move the tongue
To weigh and wing
The choice word:
Not easy to breathe
Odin's inspiration
In my heart's hinterland
Little hope there.
 
Listen to sample 1 "Lament" (43")


Sample 2
Downloads

Download processed bass clarinet and solo bass lines bars 244-251 as pdf document (74kb)
Download midi realisation for bass clarinet and solo bass voice bars 244-251 (2kb)

Translation 

Purest of possessions,
Poetic craft, power
That dwarf-devised
Drew first breath:
Now I feel it surge, swell
Like a sea, old giant's blood,
About the cragged cliff face
Of the dwarf-caves.


Sample 3
Downloads

Download processed solo bass line bars 327-348 as pdf document (74kb)
Download midi realisation of full score bars 327-346 (2kb)

Translation 

The end is all.
Even now
High on the headland
Hel stands and waits,
Life fades, I must fall
And face my own end
Not in misery and mourning,
But with a man's heart.


Sample 4
There are no downloadable files associated with sample 4.

Translation 

Time passes tediously,
I tarry here alone,
An old, senile elder
With no king to aid me.
I walk on two widows,
Once true women,
Now frosted and feeble,
Needing the old flame.

Extra files 1
Downloads

Download full score bars 43-56 as pdf document (164kb)


Translation 

By Sun and Moon
I journeyed west,
My sea-borne tune
From Odin's breast,
My song-ship packed
With poet's art:
Its word-keel cracked
The frozen heart.

Runi Brattaberg in Faeroes cave. Photo Alan Brockie
Extra files 2
Downloads

Download processed bass solo and chorus lines bars 57-95 as pdf document (267kb)


Translation 

(solo Bass, bars 57-71)
 
The war-lord weaves 
His web of fear,
Each man receives
His fated share:
A blood-red sun's
The warrior's shield,
The eagle scans
The battlefield.  
 
(Chorus entry, bar 69)
 
Chorus sounding*:
 
As edges swing
Blades cut men down
Erik the King
Earns his renown.
Listen to Bass Chorus from bar 57 (1'41")


Extra files 3
Downloads

Download solo bass and chorus lines bars 262-274 as pdf document (128kb)


Translation 

Chorus, bars 262-269
 
Sounding
 
Now the bard has no brother,
Bitter the mind-surge
Beating and battering
About the brain-cliff.
 

Solo bass, bars 262-274
 
Will no comrade of courage
Cleave to me,
To be at my back
In bitter peril?
No help can I hope for
Against the hard hero,
Few are my friends,
Yet I cannot fly battle.

Extra files 4
Downloads

Download solo bass line bars 394-408 as pdf document (58kb)


Translation 

So I rise up early
To erect my rhyme,
My tongue toils,
A servant at his task;
I pile the praise-stones
The poem rises,
My labour is not lost,
Long may my words live.

Extra files 5
Downloads

Download solo bass line bars 491-500 as pdf document (51kb)


Translation 

The end is all.
Even now
High on the headland
Hel stands and waits,
Life fades, I must fall
And face my own end
Not in misery and mourning,
But with a man's heart.

Copyright information
Translation from Egil's Saga, translated and introduced by Hermann Palsson and Paul Edwards (Penguin Classics, 1976).
Copyright © Hermann Palsson and Paul Edwards 1976.
Reproduced by permission of Penguin Books Ltd.

MIDI files, scores and audio copyright © 2004 Schott & Co. Ltd, London.

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