The Song of Shadows: Four Songs for Soprano and Orchestra

    Research output: Non-textual formComposition

    Abstract

    The Song of Shadows is an enlargement of a work of mine from 2012, Two de la Mare Songs which was written for the mezzo soprano Clare McCaldin. I had always felt these two songs (‘Winter’ and ‘Autumn’) were a little on the short side for a set and had wanted to write some companion songs should the opportunity arise. In early 2016 I wrote two new songs (‘Sleep’ and ‘The Song of Shadows’) for mezzo soprano and piano, before arranging the whole set for soprano and chamber orchestra.

    The Song of Shadows is one of the most romantic and yearning pieces I have written, what I initially had thought of as quite austere in Two de la Mare Songs has become something much more rhapsodic and colourful in The Song of Shadows. The work is imbued with a sense of English pastoralism, there is something wistful and resigned about the whole set from the opening line ‘Clouded with snow the cold winds blow’ to the final ‘silence where hope was’ – whether this is a response to de la Mare’s poetry or my own state of mind, I’m not sure – but there is something dark and unresolved at the heart of this piece which isn’t always apparent in my other work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

    Fingerprint

    Soprano
    Song
    Mezzo-Soprano
    Chamber Orchestra
    State of Mind
    Poetry
    Pastoralism
    Cold
    Companionship
    Enlargement
    Sleep
    Winter
    Yearning

    Cite this

    @misc{184fce2d1a1d47f8ac89b657503f7f97,
    title = "The Song of Shadows: Four Songs for Soprano and Orchestra",
    abstract = "The Song of Shadows is an enlargement of a work of mine from 2012, Two de la Mare Songs which was written for the mezzo soprano Clare McCaldin. I had always felt these two songs (‘Winter’ and ‘Autumn’) were a little on the short side for a set and had wanted to write some companion songs should the opportunity arise. In early 2016 I wrote two new songs (‘Sleep’ and ‘The Song of Shadows’) for mezzo soprano and piano, before arranging the whole set for soprano and chamber orchestra.The Song of Shadows is one of the most romantic and yearning pieces I have written, what I initially had thought of as quite austere in Two de la Mare Songs has become something much more rhapsodic and colourful in The Song of Shadows. The work is imbued with a sense of English pastoralism, there is something wistful and resigned about the whole set from the opening line ‘Clouded with snow the cold winds blow’ to the final ‘silence where hope was’ – whether this is a response to de la Mare’s poetry or my own state of mind, I’m not sure – but there is something dark and unresolved at the heart of this piece which isn’t always apparent in my other work.",
    author = "Cooke, {Phillip Armstrong}",
    year = "2016",
    month = "6",
    day = "1",
    language = "English",

    }

    TY - ADVS

    T1 - The Song of Shadows: Four Songs for Soprano and Orchestra

    AU - Cooke, Phillip Armstrong

    PY - 2016/6/1

    Y1 - 2016/6/1

    N2 - The Song of Shadows is an enlargement of a work of mine from 2012, Two de la Mare Songs which was written for the mezzo soprano Clare McCaldin. I had always felt these two songs (‘Winter’ and ‘Autumn’) were a little on the short side for a set and had wanted to write some companion songs should the opportunity arise. In early 2016 I wrote two new songs (‘Sleep’ and ‘The Song of Shadows’) for mezzo soprano and piano, before arranging the whole set for soprano and chamber orchestra.The Song of Shadows is one of the most romantic and yearning pieces I have written, what I initially had thought of as quite austere in Two de la Mare Songs has become something much more rhapsodic and colourful in The Song of Shadows. The work is imbued with a sense of English pastoralism, there is something wistful and resigned about the whole set from the opening line ‘Clouded with snow the cold winds blow’ to the final ‘silence where hope was’ – whether this is a response to de la Mare’s poetry or my own state of mind, I’m not sure – but there is something dark and unresolved at the heart of this piece which isn’t always apparent in my other work.

    AB - The Song of Shadows is an enlargement of a work of mine from 2012, Two de la Mare Songs which was written for the mezzo soprano Clare McCaldin. I had always felt these two songs (‘Winter’ and ‘Autumn’) were a little on the short side for a set and had wanted to write some companion songs should the opportunity arise. In early 2016 I wrote two new songs (‘Sleep’ and ‘The Song of Shadows’) for mezzo soprano and piano, before arranging the whole set for soprano and chamber orchestra.The Song of Shadows is one of the most romantic and yearning pieces I have written, what I initially had thought of as quite austere in Two de la Mare Songs has become something much more rhapsodic and colourful in The Song of Shadows. The work is imbued with a sense of English pastoralism, there is something wistful and resigned about the whole set from the opening line ‘Clouded with snow the cold winds blow’ to the final ‘silence where hope was’ – whether this is a response to de la Mare’s poetry or my own state of mind, I’m not sure – but there is something dark and unresolved at the heart of this piece which isn’t always apparent in my other work.

    M3 - Composition

    ER -