Chidiock Tichborne was only 24 years old when he was brutally executed by being hanged, drawn, and quartered for his role in the Babington Plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I in 1586. His ‘Elegy’, (‘My Prime of Youth is but a Frost of Cares’) written on the eve of his execution was sent to his wife and remains his most famous poem. This short piece for brass instruments is suitably dramatic and tragic.
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