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Jane Manning

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780199391028

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199391028.001.0001

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RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT (1936–2012)A Garland for Marjory Fleming (1969)

RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT (1936–2012)A Garland for Marjory Fleming (1969)

Text by Marjory Fleming

(p.39) RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT (1936–2012)
Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1

Jane Manning

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces Richard Rodney Bennett's A Garland for Marjory Fleming for the young, relatively inexperienced performer. Here, the five songs are perfectly balanced to provide contrast of pace and mood. The supple vocal lines are not perhaps quite as simple as they may first appear: rhythms contain a few surprises, and subtle shadings underpin key moments in the text. The central song, ‘On Jessy Watsons Elopement’, in particular, requires good rhythmic articulation and some breadth of range and dynamic. The final piece, ‘Sonnet on a Monkey’, is a gem of artfulness and grace, sure to charm audiences, bringing the cycle to an end in exuberant, tongue-in-cheek vein.

Keywords:   versatile, cabaret, misspellings, child poet, Scottish, glissandos, bossa nova, deadpan

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