MACHA for Baritone and Orchestra

John Davidson, Baritone
Harold Aks, Conductor
The Sarah Lawrence College Orchestra
(recorded in 1977)

MACHA, in the Celtic religion, is one of three war goddesses; it is also a collective name for the three, who were also referred to as the three Morrígan. As an individual, Macha was known by a great variety of names, including Dana and Badb (“Crow,” or “Raven”). She was the great earth mother, or female principle, and a great slaughterer of men, as was another of the trinity, Morrígan, or Black Annis, who survives in Arthurian legend as Morgan le Fay. The third goddess was Nemain.

(From the Encyclopedia Britannica)

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