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My heart is like a singing bird

author of text
1862; A birthday from Goblin Market and other poems

My heart is like a singing bird is a beguiling setting of Christina Rossetti’s A birthday by American composer Sarah Rimkus. The work was written for The Gesualdo Six’s first composition competition in 2016, and has remained one of our favourite pieces to perform. At the outset, duetting voices deliver the poem over a repeating heartbeat figuration, before a gradual increase in tempo and dynamic leads into a more animated middle section. Winding down, the music refers back to the opening gestures, the voices gradually dropping out until a single note is left hanging.

from notes by Owain Park © 2020


Studio Master: CDA68285Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 16 on CDA68285 [5'45]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68285 track 16

Recording date
23 February 2019
Recording venue
St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Fading (CDA68285)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: April 2020
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