|You are listening to "The Lady of the Ferry Inn" from "The Sirens and tthe Sea".
Songs for St.
VitusHomage to ShostakovitchThe Sirens and The SeaFour Floating SongsThree Negro Sprituals
Songs for St Vitus3 songs for performance by SATB, commissioned by COMA Singers
and Sarah Leonard, November 2008. St Vitus lived almost two thousand years
ago. He has become the patron saint of dancers and actors. His feastday is June 15. According to some sources, in the 11th
and 12th centuries, impromptu ecstatic mass dances would occur in church yards and continue until the singers dropped from
exhaustion. These and similar events have become associated with him. There may be some connection between these occurences
and the development of the Swirling Dervishes of Sufism.
These three pieces for ensemble or chorus involve the singers who move; clapping
and stamping in the first, kissing noisily in the second. In common with much of my recent vocal music, they are settings
of invented sounds, rather than text. The third song deconstructs and reinvents the phrase Viti Chorea Sancti, which is the
Latin term for St Vitus’ Dance, used today to refer to certain medical conditions.
Video of Song 2:
The Kissing Song http://youtu.be/C-R5aqMdnFQ
Homage to ShostakovitchFor SATB & String Quartet, commissioned
by Phillip Parr for the Swaledale Festival, 10th June 2006 for the Pro Nobis Singers & Navarra String Quartet. This short work reflects some of the intense
musical experiences that have marked me by his music. It is suffused by a slow, halting waltz, and references to the sound of the composer's name. It lasts about five minutes before drifting
up into silence. Ca. 5 minutes
Sirens and the Sea a dramatic cantata for 30 female voices;
commissioned by Pam Cook and Cantamus
Girls Choir with funds from East Midlands Arts; premiered Nottingham Festival, July 1992; staged by Caroline Sharman;
ca 15 mins.
piece had colour humour and power Nottingham Evening Post 29.6.92
This work is in two version: SSA & SATB
The Lady of the Ferry Inn
1) Dialogue One (James Joyce & Homer): The ever-present Sea is interrupted and spellbound by the Sirens
2) Episode 1:The Tree,
the Serpent and Eve address Adam (Milton) The Tree, The Serpent and
3) Dialogue Two
(James Joyce & Homer) The Sea Plays alongside the Sirens
4) Episode 2: The Lady
of the Ferry Inn The Lady and her Customers
Who am I? I am a lady faithful to the ways of the Ferry Inn. I run a tavern and cheat
no one. The moon in its robes of snow clouds welcomes you and your silver coins.
Before the men
who drink here, I offer a perfect world. I want nothing more. I walk among them, faultlessly, sing intimate songs and pour the mead. Gwerfyl Mechain; Welsh, 1480
5) Dialogue Two (James
Joyce & Homer) The SIrens Enchant the Sea
6) The SIren's Last Wish (Shakespeare) The Siren's Seduce the Audience
Four Floating Songs (1988)16 voice (4S 4A 4T 4B) setting of 4 ancient Japanese poems; Drawn from material from the opera, The PIllow Song;ca 15 mins
Three Negro Spiritualsarranged for SATB