Bit by bit, gonna get my bricks out in the sticks
Bit by bit, gonna build my house in the wildest thickets
And hey, you, don’t you think it’s kinda cute that I died right inside your arms tonight? That I’m fine, even after I have died, because it was in your arms I died.
Sacred and Profane is one of the Britten’s last works (composed the year before his death), and its sophisticated harmonies and refined writing make it difficult for any but the best singers or choirs to perform. In it, Britten set out to create a typically mediaeval contrast between the sacred and secular. The work is written for five voices (Britten originally intended that these should be solo singers), and comprises eight mediaeval lyrics - kept in their original language to offer more of a ‘display piece’ for the performers.
Maiden in the Morlaye is a slightly irreverent and ironic parody, where a pastoral scene of a maiden lying on a moor is told in deliberately unsurprising harmonies and rhythms. It is clear from this movement that Britten took a great deal of delight in the reshaping of simple tunes. [x]
So, for those of you who don’t know, the battle theme is actually a remix of a much older song known as “Pepper Steak” (circa 1930’s) by The Washboard Rhythm Kings. oHHH PEPPAH STEAK!
Oooh super good