Three Songs for Jennie

First line:
But leave it now, leave it; as you left
composer
2004; commissioned by Bromsgrove Concerts in honour of retiring chairman Jennie McGregor-Smith; first performed by James Gilchrist and Alison Nicholls on 11 March 2005 at Spadesbourne Hall, Bromsgrove

 
Howard Skempton’s Three Songs for Jennie were commissioned by Bromsgrove Concerts in honour of their retiring Chairwoman, Jennie McGregor-Smith. The first performance was given by James Gilchrist and Alison Nicholls on 11 March 2005 at the Spadesbourne Hall, Bromsgrove.

Howard Skempton has written: ‘The three songs are settings of poems by Geoffrey Hill, Molly Holden and A E Housman. The aim is always clarity and directness and, even where the music is suitably chromatic (The Triumph of Love), the harp-writing avoids pedal changes. The Syllables of Summer Birds by Molly Holden (1927–1981), whose life was coloured and cut short by multiple sclerosis, is poignantly lyrical, while the Housman is arguably an all-too-familiar lyric, but still refreshing in this new context.’

from notes by Alison Nicholls © 2008

Recordings

Romantic Residues
CDA67725

Details

No 1: The Triumph of Love LIII  But leave it now, leave it; as you left
author of text
from The Triumph of Love, 1998

Track 15 on CDA67725 [1'18]
No 2: The Syllables of Summer Birds  I lie as if five fathom drowned
author of text

Track 16 on CDA67725 [1'18]
No 3: From far, from eve and morning
author of text
No 32 of A Shropshire Lad, 1896

Track 17 on CDA67725 [1'22]

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