William Rippey | The Scrivener's Tale of Southwark

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The Scrivener's Tale of Southwark

by William Rippey

The Scrivener’s Tale of Southwark creates the feeling of a medieval quest through its use of oboe and harp instrumentation, the Dorian mode, and compound duple meter.
Genre: Classical: Medieval
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A Medieval Interlude for Oboe(s) and Harp(s). Southwark was the point of departure and return for Chaucer’s pilgrims to Canterbury and was well known as an entertainment district and for its inns in particular. Its proximity to foreign embassies made it a center for the scrivener notaries of the time who were required to have knowledge of civil law as well as foreign languages. Being among the few who could read and write and with access to diplomatic documents and correspondence, what tales these scriveners might have told had they not been bound by confidentiality! But they also may have had more personal tales to tell gleaned from both personal experience and eavesdropping amongst foreigners, foreigners who assumed an Englishman understood only his own tongue. Perhaps this is one of those personal tales. The beginning suggests a journey made in haste. This in turn is followed by a passage of drama and resolve. A sense of longing and introspection then leads to an ascendant triumph of overcoming final obstacles. Duration: 2:38


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