Duration: 6'30" |
Ensemble: soprano piano
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This is a setting of Algernon Charles Swinburne's poem Music: An Ode.
Music was written for the former BBC Young Chorister of the Year finalist, Olivia Hunt. Olivia has a remarkably clear, yet colourful voice and a natural ability to shape phrases in a musical manner, with a rare quality of sound in the upper registers. This piece was written to show her voice off in its full splendour and was premiered by us both at St Paul's Church, Colwyn Bay in June 2013.
The first movement is very impressionistic, seeking to paint the text through colour and effect. The second is more lyrical, although demands a wide vocal range from the soloist. The final movement is a scherzo and should have lots of energy in performance.