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Songs of magical creatures

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This short suite sets three sections of ‘magical poetry’, one from The Tempest and two from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The music for ‘Fairy song’ takes its inspiration from the fizzing energy of the spirit (First Fairie) as she describes her magical existence. The second setting is the famous ‘Full fathom five’, used brilliantly by many composers over the years but still a delight to set. In the final movement we hear Puck’s reflections at the end of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, before a return of the fizzing energy of the first movement brings the suite to a close. The composer writes:

I grew up in a household full of Shakespeare due to the fact that my father Derek Todd taught English Literature at Durham University and had a passion for all things Shakespearean! I have particularly fond memories of attending student productions on the river banks in Durham and experiencing the magic of the stories and language as we sat transfixed in the May dusk (huddled in blankets). Those experiences definitely helped to amplify the magical and supernatural/mythical themes that Shakespeare often weaves into the narratives of his plays.

from notes by Signum Classics © 2020


Todd: Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love and Noodles & other works
Studio Master: SIGCD591Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: Fairy song  Over hill, over dale
Track 1 on SIGCD591 [3'16] Download only
No 2: Full fathom five
Track 2 on SIGCD591 [6'11] Download only
No 3: Shadows  If we shadows have offended
Track 3 on SIGCD591 [4'09] Download only
No 4: Fairy song (reprise)  Over hill, over dale
Track 4 on SIGCD591 [1'20] Download only

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