Sebastian Reynolds - Plague song

from Plague song (for Médecins Sans Frontières) by Various artists

  • The score itself has been digitally printed on Mohawk paper; the cover is printed letterpress at Nick's private press in North Yorkshire (Effra Press & Typefoundry). It's set in 16pt Village type, printed in two colours on 70 year old Barcham Green 210gsm mouldmade paper, and bound by hand.

    The score measures 210 x 297mm; each copy is signed and numbered by Nick, the composer & printer, in a limited edition of only 72 copies.

    All proceeds will be donated to Medecins sans Frontieres, and the price of the score has been suggested as a reasonable contribution to their outstanding work. If you can afford to give more, please do.

    Copies are currently being bound, and should be ready to be shipped in the week of 17th August 2020.

    Buying the score will also allow you to download the Plague Song recordings.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Plague song (for Médecins Sans Frontières) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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I created my interpretation of the Plague Song score as a response to the wider circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing chaos. I've tended to avoid overt political statements in my music, and this piece is intended to be apolitical in a sense, it's more a focus on the personal, emotional responses to a situation seemingly fraught with danger and catastrophe. Most of us that have lived in times of relative peace never imagined we'd see the churches closed on Easter Sunday and whole populations of people effectively put under house arrest with no promise of a definite timetable for release. Held hostage by an unknown, unseeable enemy, with the weight of uncertainty of who to trust in a situation with no clear precedent and a lot of room for abuse of power. Also a creeping fear of us being a pawn in a wider struggle between the US and China, a struggle that could easily go nuclear...


from Plague song (for Médecins Sans Frontières), released August 14, 2020
Plague Song by Sebastian Reynolds. Recorded and produced at home during lockdown. Mixed by Mike Bannard at The Aviary, Oxford.


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