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for soprano and string orchestra

texts by Christina Rosetti, Thomas Hardy, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Philip Larkin


  • Instrumentation: soprano and string orchestra
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English
  • Order No.: LSL 10424

Description
This song cycle was written for soprano Ruby Hughes, who premiered the role of Ella in Huw Watkins’ chamber opera In the Locked Room based on a Thomas Hardy short story.

Remember takes up some of the themes of the opera, which explores the darker depths of human emotion – unhappiness, yearning, and obsession. In the four poems set here, loss and longing are realised through achingly beautiful lyricism and the delicate balance between voice and string orchestra.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned as part of Composer in the House which is created and funded by the Royal Philharmonic Society and the PRS for Music Foundation
Content text: I Remember (Christina Rossetti)
II Shut out that Moon (Thomas Hardy)
III To ̶̶̶ (Percy Bysshe Shelly)
IV If hands could free you, heart (Philip Larkin)
Performance duration: 10' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 30. Mai 2014 Stratford-upon-Avon, Civic Hall (UK) · Ruby Hughes, soprano · Dirigent: David Curtis · Orchestra of the Swan
Year of composition: 2014
Performances
Conductor: Malin Broman
Orchestra: Keski-Pohjanmaan Kamariorkesteri (Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra)
2021-11-13 | Kokkola (Finland), Snellman-sali | national Premiere
Conductor: George Vass
Orchestra: Presteigne Festival Orchestra
2018-08-24 | Presteigne (United Kingdom), St Andrew's Church — 19:45
Orchestra: WWCMF Festival Chamber Orchestra
2017-09-16 | London (United Kingdom), Church of St Lawrence — 19:30
Conductor: Malin Broman
Orchestra: Musica Vitae
2017-02-05 | Lund (Sweden), Skissernas museum — 16:00
Conductor: Malin Broman
Orchestra: Musica Vitae
2017-02-04 | Tingsryd (Sweden), Söderportkyrkan — 19:00
Conductor: Malin Broman
Orchestra: Musica Vitae
2017-02-03 | Växjö (Sweden), Utvandrarnas Hus — 19:00
Conductor: Malin Broman
Orchestra: Musica Vitae
2017-02-02 | Helsingborg (Sweden), Dunkers kulturhus — 19:00
Conductor: Garry Walker
Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
2016-02-24 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), BBC Hoddinott Hall — 19:30
Conductor: David Curtis
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Swan
2014-05-30 | Stratford-upon-Avon (United Kingdom), Civic Hall — 19:30 | World Premiere
This song cycle was written for soprano Ruby Hughes, who premiered the role of Ella in Huw Watkins’ chamber opera In the Locked Room based on a Thomas Hardy short story.

Remember takes up some of the themes of the opera, which explores the darker depths of human emotion – unhappiness, yearning, and obsession. In the four poems set here, loss and longing are realised through achingly beautiful lyricism and the delicate balance between voice and string orchestra.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned as part of Composer in the House which is created and funded by the Royal Philharmonic Society and the PRS for Music Foundation
Content text: I Remember (Christina Rossetti)
II Shut out that Moon (Thomas Hardy)
III To ̶̶̶ (Percy Bysshe Shelly)
IV If hands could free you, heart (Philip Larkin)
Performance duration: 10' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 30. Mai 2014 Stratford-upon-Avon, Civic Hall (UK) · Ruby Hughes, soprano · Dirigent: David Curtis · Orchestra of the Swan
Year of composition: 2014
Conductor: Malin Broman
Orchestra: Keski-Pohjanmaan Kamariorkesteri (Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra)
2021-11-13 | Kokkola (Finland), Snellman-sali | national Premiere
Conductor: George Vass
Orchestra: Presteigne Festival Orchestra
2018-08-24 | Presteigne (United Kingdom), St Andrew's Church — 19:45
Orchestra: WWCMF Festival Chamber Orchestra
2017-09-16 | London (United Kingdom), Church of St Lawrence — 19:30
Conductor: Malin Broman
Orchestra: Musica Vitae
2017-02-05 | Lund (Sweden), Skissernas museum — 16:00
Conductor: Malin Broman
Orchestra: Musica Vitae
2017-02-04 | Tingsryd (Sweden), Söderportkyrkan — 19:00
Conductor: Malin Broman
Orchestra: Musica Vitae
2017-02-03 | Växjö (Sweden), Utvandrarnas Hus — 19:00
Conductor: Malin Broman
Orchestra: Musica Vitae
2017-02-02 | Helsingborg (Sweden), Dunkers kulturhus — 19:00
Conductor: Garry Walker
Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
2016-02-24 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), BBC Hoddinott Hall — 19:30
Conductor: David Curtis
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Swan
2014-05-30 | Stratford-upon-Avon (United Kingdom), Civic Hall — 19:30 | World Premiere