lir.zipSeptember 200934.15 kB00:20:10
  • Lir00:02:00
  • Lir-10 What wisdom this00:01:39
  • Lir-11 I kneel before the Queen00:01:37
  • Lir-12 War and winning00:00:46
  • Lir-13 Father it has come to pass00:00:35
  • Lir-14-Youngest Daughter wisest Kindest00:00:59
  • Lir-2 60 Years00:01:22
  • Lir-3 The test00:04:28
  • Lir-4 Traveling to Eldest Daughter00:00:58
  • Lir-5 My Husband it's clear00:01:35
  • Lir-6 Travel from Daughter 1 to Daughter 200:01:00
  • Lir-7 Husband I order you00:01:22
  • Lir-8 Lir in the mountains00:01:09
  • Lir-9 My lord, I've heard my father's come00:00:47
Composer:Hamilton, Jay (1951 - ), American
Lyricist:Jay Hamilton
First Line:My father was of the sky
Genre:Song Cycle
Instruments:Piano, Baritone, 1 to 3 Sopranos
Submitter:Hamilton, Jay
Email:info (e-mail)
Over the years I have sent vocal works to the scriptorum and Richard has often remarked that the bass/baritone parts weren't 'important' enough - as that was his voice. Upon discovering an early version of Lir (Lear) in La(z)yamon (1200's) that differed from Shakespeare's I wrote this with Richard in mind.
Setting; Piano to one side of stage
Left of centerstage 3 chairs with high backs as thrones.
Right of centerstage Lir's 'throne' is a stool,
Soprano (if only one used) changes chairs as she changes roles,
Lir when he is a husband sits to the left of the Daughter on a throne.
(Therefore Lir sings husband's parts too. Just as it is practical to have 1 soprano sing all the different daughter parts.)
Lastly in performance the 'instrumental' bits could be left out.
This NoteWorthy file uses a non standard font. This can be obtained as follows:
Gentium - Scriptorium download at