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Now Springes the Spray!

Now Springes the Spray!

three medieval lyrics for soprano and orchestra

anonymous 12th and 14th century texts


  • Instrumentation: soprano and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
Description
Now Springes the Spray! uses three poems taken from the medieval period, each one chosen to reflect in some way the fecundity of nature. The first is the round ’Summer is icumen in’, which is found in the Oldhall Manuscript (c. 12C). I decided to keep something of the rhythmic feel of the original, the short and long of the medieval rhythmic modes. The second, title song, reflects the mood of the cycle as a whole – that of the blossoming of new life and the joys and pains of love. After a short piano link, the last song, ’I loved a child’, turns this hope and expectancy of joyous love to despair. Kenneth Hesketh
Details
Content text: I Summer is icumen in
II Now Springes the Spray!
III I loved a childe
Performance duration: 12'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 9. März 1994 London, Royal College of Music (UK) · Angela Henkel, soprano · Dirigent: Patrick Bailey · Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra
Year of composition: 1992, rev. 1997
instrumentation: 3(3.pic).2.2.ca.Ebcl.2.bcl.2.cbsn-4.0.3.0-4perc(glsp, xyl, crot, vib, tub bells, tri, sus cym, tam-t, bell tree, whip)-2hp.cel-str
Performances
2004-02-26 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Kettle\'s Yard
2003-03-16 | London (United Kingdom), The Warehouse
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
Orchestra: Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra
1994-03-09 | London (United Kingdom), Royal College of Music | World Premiere
Now Springes the Spray! uses three poems taken from the medieval period, each one chosen to reflect in some way the fecundity of nature. The first is the round ’Summer is icumen in’, which is found in the Oldhall Manuscript (c. 12C). I decided to keep something of the rhythmic feel of the original, the short and long of the medieval rhythmic modes. The second, title song, reflects the mood of the cycle as a whole – that of the blossoming of new life and the joys and pains of love. After a short piano link, the last song, ’I loved a child’, turns this hope and expectancy of joyous love to despair. Kenneth Hesketh
Content text: I Summer is icumen in
II Now Springes the Spray!
III I loved a childe
Performance duration: 12'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 9. März 1994 London, Royal College of Music (UK) · Angela Henkel, soprano · Dirigent: Patrick Bailey · Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra
Year of composition: 1992, rev. 1997
instrumentation: 3(3.pic).2.2.ca.Ebcl.2.bcl.2.cbsn-4.0.3.0-4perc(glsp, xyl, crot, vib, tub bells, tri, sus cym, tam-t, bell tree, whip)-2hp.cel-str
2004-02-26 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Kettle\'s Yard
2003-03-16 | London (United Kingdom), The Warehouse
Conductor: Patrick Bailey
Orchestra: Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra
1994-03-09 | London (United Kingdom), Royal College of Music | World Premiere