COMPOSED 2011. Duration 1.5 mins
A gentle lullaby to the Christ-child, BALULALOW was one of my earliest a cappella compositions, a companion piece to my setting of the Corpus Christi Carol, both written in the summer of 2011.
I was trying to find harmonic language that sounded both modern and medieval at the same time. The piece has a restless, dreamlike quality; the unresolved cadences and gentle dissonance suggestive of an infant who isn’t quite asleep, but also not fully awake.
The text, in Scots dialect, is from the 16th century collection “The Gude and Godlie Ballatis” by brothers James, John and Robert Wedderburn.