Death of Cuchulain

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jo Ann Curlee (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Carl Alexius

Abstract: "Death of Cuchulain" is a four-movement narrative poem for soprano and mezzo-soprano soloists, four-part women's chorus, and chamber orchestra. It is based on a poem of the same name by William Butler Yeats. The composition is divided into four movements because the text itself has four distinct sections. Section one deals with the mother, Emer, and her discovery of her husband, Cuchulain's, infidelity. The second section has to do with Emer and her son, Forgail,| and the mission on which she sends him. In section three Forgail meets his father, and the cycle is complete. The father's unfaithfulness is punished by the awful deed which he commits-the murder of his son. Section four deals with the father Cuchulain and his tormented death.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1959

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