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Stuart McIntosh, The Ruling Moon

Dear Listers

It was kind of Timothy Cooper to mention my a cappella
piece 'The Ruling Moon' in his compilation recently. I
thought you might like to know a little more about the

'The Ruling Moon' is set to a text by the English poet
William Bell (1924-1948) who died tragically young
after a mountaineering accident in the Swiss Alps. His
poetry (only a small amount anway) is often in the
form of 'elegies' containing many varied and
interesting references.

'Elegy XII'gives us the poet's view of the moon and
its unchanging nature, looking down on the shifting
sands of human kind. Bell's language is often almost
impressionistic, a feature that I tried to mirror in
certain sections of the work.

My setting is for an a cappella group with up to 12
divisis though for the most part it is written for up
to 8 parts SSAATTBB. Lasting 9 minutes 'The Ruling
Moon' was commissioned by the St Louis Chamber Chorus
and first performed by them in 1997. since then
several fine college choirs have performed the piece
most notably the fine choir from Southwest Missouri
State University in Springfield MO conducted
brilliantly by Dr Guy Webb.

If you are interested in the piece please contact me
e-mail(smacmus(a) I am very keen that this
work is heard and performed as much as possible. To be
honest it does need a fine choir to perform it well! I
would love to discuss it further with any of you out
there who might be interested.

Best wishes

Stuart McIntosh


169 Trysull Road
West Midlands WV6 7JP
United Kingdom

Stuart McIntosh

169 Trysull Road, Wolverhamtpon, WV3 7JP, United Kingdom

tel: (44) 01902-333128


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