I HEARD NOTHING BUT THE ROARING SEA

ic ne gehyrde butan hlimman sæ

for solo baritone (2021)

World premiere: 5 June 2021, Christ Cathedral, Oxford as part of SmorgasChord: Words Move, Music Moves. Hugo Herman Wilson, baritone. 

You can buy a score of I Heard Nothing But The Roaring Sea from SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music, available here


TEXTS

from Gilgamesh                 Tempest, flood, […] onslaught… 

from The Seafarer             þær ic ne gehyrde                                                                  I heard nothing

                                             butan hlimman sæ,                                                               but the roaring sea,

                                             iscaldne wæg.                                                                        the ice-cold waves.

 

from Gilgamesh                 I wept.

                                             My tears ran down my cheeks.

 

 

The text is taken from the following sources:

 

The Epic of Gilgamesh, Tablet XI;

The Seafarer.