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Entombed 
by Rhiannon Randle

'Entombed' is a passionate song for soprano and theorbo, setting extracts of Sophocles in the original Greek. Beginning with a theorbo prelude, and using modal tonality, it conjures Antigone's defiance in the face of her unjust, dishonourable death. 

Entombed was the major commission for the Theorbo Today project, funded by Arts Council England.

Rhiannon Randle is a busy and successful young composer, who has written chamber operas, sacred music and chamber works. She is published by Boosey & Hawkes and Stainer & Bell.

Entombed (live) - 02_11_2021, 16

Entombed

Ancient Greek (Sophocles)  poetic translation (R.Jebb)

 

ὦ τύμβος, ὦ νυμφεῖον, ὦ                          tomb, bridal chamber,

Κατασκαφὴς                                               deep-dug [prison]

 

 ὦ κατασκαφὴς οἴκησις ἀείφρουρος,    deep-dug eternal prison

οἷ πορεύομαι πρὸς τοὺς ἐμαυτῆς,          where I go to find my own…

 

ποίαν παρεξελθοῦσα                                 what law of the gods

δαιμόνων δίκην;                                          have I transgressed?

 

 ὦ κατασκαφὴς οἴκησις ἀείφρουρος,    deep-dug eternal prison,

οἷ πορεύομαι πρὸς τοὺς ἐμαυτῆς,          where I go to find my own…

 

ὦ κατασκαφὴς                                            deep-dug [prison]

 

τίν᾽ αὐδᾶν ξυμμάχων;                                 what ally should I call

ἐπεί γε δὴ τὴν                                             out to when by my

δυσσέβειαν εὐσεβοῦσ᾽,                            reverence I have earned

ἐκτησάμην.                                                  a name for irreverence?

 

τί χρή με τὴν δύστηνον ἐς                      why should I look to the

θεοὺς ἔτι βλέπειν;                                    gods any more?