(1969) dates from the same year as Ludus Amoris
, written for Christopher Robinson, who had been a chorister with Harvey in Tenbury, a work described by one critic as the most striking premiere at the Three Choirs Festival for nearly 50 years. Harvey gave the following description of the extraordinary creation of Laus Deo
: Having given up all hope of finding time to fulfil a commission from Simon Preston before the deadline, I had one night a vivid dream in which a shimmering ‘cinquecento’ angel played an organ. What he played formed the main substance of Laus Deo
, and within twelve hours of wakening the piece was finished. In describing a similar experience Gustav Mahler had whilst composing his Seventh Symphony, Harvey wrote: The way in which the principal material emerged and the speed with which it was eventually completed suggest that it was in some sense already fully formed in the unconscious: the epiphanaic moment was one of revelation rather than invention.
from notes by Andrew Nethsingha © 2015