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Aimee showed me the libretto to an opera she had written for the composer John B Hedges and I was captivated as soon as I realized it was the sea itself singing the opening lines—it was saying sorry to all the ships it had to let sink because its shoulders were too heavy and not meant for carrying boats. I loved the idea of an ‘element’ singing, and some time later the idea occurred to me that it could make for an interesting song-cycle to have a series of different elements, each singing in the first person. I approached Alasdair Middleton (the librettist for my opera A bird in your ear) with this idea. Alasdair latched on to the concept immediately—the first poem he produced was Wind who, marvellously, was in unrequited love; followed by a rather melancholy and mysterious Night, and a crazed Moon who ‘wants to kill’. I later added two of my own poems to the collection, a rather bleak Snow that sees itself as ‘frozen tears’, and a Mountain that contemplates its only friendship over the years—with the night sky.
from notes by David Bruce © 2019
|Bruce: The north wind was a woman & other chamber music|
David Bruce has achieved global recognition as a composer, rightly celebrated for his richly colourful, poetic, and joyful music. For this collection of his smaller-scale works, his long-time collaborators Avi Avital, the Dover Quartet and Camerat ...» More
|Hyperion sampler - September 2019 Vol. 1|