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On a summer night

First line:
The warm treacle day dissolves

On a Summer Night is a setting of a poem by a girl called Sophie Large, who tragically died in a car accident at the age of 19. This is one of the last poems she wrote and it has some wonderful imagery, which I have attempted to compliment musically. I decided to set it as a two part, unaccompanied song, using a simple melody that gradually diverges and introduces simple harmony. It is rhythmically and structurally quite unusual, using the mixolydian mode as its basis (instead of a major or minor scale), intended to reflect and highlight the atmospheric text. It finishes equivocally, ending with the line ‘Not yet, I say, don’t mourn me yet!’, leaving the listener to decide whether it is indeed complete.

from notes by Oliver Iredale Searle © 2010


Britten: A Ceremony of Carols; Poston: An English Day-Book
Studio Master: SIGCD228Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 24 on SIGCD228 [4'03] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD228 track 24

Recording date
3 May 2010
Recording venue
Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland
Recording producer
Alexander Van Ingen
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Britten: A Ceremony of Carols; Poston: An English Day-Book (SIGCD228)
    Disc 1 Track 24
    Release date: September 2010
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