Four Rossetti Songs
2014. Duration 14' approx. Published by Maecenas Music (details coming soon)
Commissioned by Mid Hertfordshire Music Centre.
First performance - May 2014, Edward Guiness Hall, Dame Alice Owens School, Potters Bar
Mid Herts. Youth Concert Band, cond. Bernard Bean
Baritone - Tim Hobman
I. Dawn on the Night-Journey
II. Love's Last Gift
III. Silent Noon
IV. Remember Me
Scoring (NB Wind Ensemble: one player to a part)
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E flat Clarinet ad lib.
Clarinets 1, 2 & 3 in B flat
Alto Clarinet ad lib.
Alto Saxophones 1 & 2
3 Trombones (3=bass)
Timpani (3 drums)
Percussion (2 players): 4 Crotales (C6, Eb6, Ab6, Bb6), Glockenspiel, Bass Drum, Tam-tam, Triangle, Pair Cymbals, Suspended Cymbal
Four Rossetti Songs is conceived as a kind of sequel to my large-scale cantata Night Journey. Indeed, the first movement begins in the same key in which Night Journey ends, as if following on immediately after the cantata. Unlike that work however, each of the Songs functions individually, since they are not designed to describe a single narrative thread across the four movements.
Whilst certainly owing something to the gentle song-writing of English composers - Vaughan Williams and Ivor Gurney in particular - the piece contains much chamber-like scoring and timbral changes within a more pastoral harmonic framework.