Hafren (2008)

August 17th, 2014

Hafren (2008)


Eb Clarinet (or Flute)

fp. 30 April 2008; Catriona Scott, Denis Arnold Hall, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.

Score is available to purchase here.

[audio:https://phillipcooke.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Hafren.mp3] Hafren (2008) (mp3)


Hafren is the Welsh word for the River Severn that runs past my current home into the Bristol Channel. In Welsh mythology (according to Geoffrey of Monmouth), a legendary king of England fell in love with a Welsh girl who gave birth to a beautiful daughter, Hafren. The king’s jealous queen killed him in battle and ordered Hafren and her mother to be thrown into the river. Hafren then became a goddess of healing and gave her name to the river.

My short work tries to bring in elements of the legend alongside ideas of river nymphs and the moving water of the Severn itself.


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