|SONGS OF LOVE AND LOSS|
|Song cycle for Mezzo-Soprano, Clarinet (or Viola) and Piano.||Duration 21'|
THE DEAD POET
DAVID'S LAMENT FOR JONATHAN
ANOTHER DAY WITHOUT YOU
SOFT FOR MUSIC DIES
An exploration of love, loss and bereavement using a variety of words.
|LET THIS HARVEST PASS, O LOVE|
|Twelve Duets for Voice and Guitar.||Duration 20'|
Words by the black American poet Carl Cook (from "Postscripts" published by the Vega Press). This cycle explores one person's state of mind during a love affair by setting twelve short poems in the form of one continuous cycle.
|TO HIS COY MISTRESS|
|Alto (or Baritone or Tenor) and Piano.||Duration 4'|
A setting of Andrew Marvell's well known poem
|TWO LATIN DUETS|
|Duets for two Sopranos (or Soprano and Mezzo-Soprano) and Piano.||Duration 6'|
LUCIS CREATOR OPTIME
Two Latin hymns for two equal voices. Latin words from the Roman Missal.
|THE BLACK DRAGON|
|For a cappella choir: SATB||Duration 10'|
Dedicated to Malcolm Cottle, Sylvia Kalisch and Alison Cross all of whom were born in a year of the Dragon.
|KISS THOU THIS ROSE - SIX HELEN WADDELL LYRICS|
|Sequence of Six Part-songs for small ensemble: SSATB||Duration 20'|
SUMMER IN EXILE
KISS THOU THIS ROSE
Setting Helen Waddell's English translations of Medieval Latin Lyrics, these part-songs explore love in all its guises. The last song, KISS THOU THIS ROSE, was written for in a 4-part version for Jonathan and Ruth's wedding. Subsequently I decided to expand it to 5 parts and add five other songs. Alternating joy with melancholy the songs have love and romantic attraction as a common theme. The cycle opens with an evocation of sunrise and the promise of the new day. This is followed by description of a syrian dancing girl who the poet watches as he falls asleep in the heat. We subsequently follow the poet as he falls in and out of love, some times singing the joys of new love, sometimes lamenting his distant beloved and sometimes disconsolate with grief.
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