Four Pastoral Songs
2014. Duration 9' approx.
*The piece can be performed either at Baroque pitch on a Baroque oboe (the singer's part will also sound at Baroque pitch) or with both parts sounding at written pitch using a modern oboe to accompany the singer.
These songs bring together four disparate texts.
1. Birds Singing (Robert Bloomfield)
A dreamy opening movement; the oboe's line has a common fragment of melody which appears each time the singer describes a short list of birds.
2. Passions (Walter Raleigh)
An initially more strident conversation between the instrument and voice, on the varying degrees of passion people can show, leads to a slower and subdued ending.
3. Summer Friends (George Herbert)
A short movement with much entwining of melodic lines
4. Come, My Love's Delight (Thomas Campion)
The final movement is a canon, the voice copying the oboe's line as the poet wishes his love to be beside him.