The man in the other room : a song cycle for soprano & string quartet
by Ross Fiddes (2014)
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The man in the other room : a song cycle for soprano and string quartet / words by Samantha Fiddes ; music by Ross Fiddes.
Library shelf no. 783.66547/FID 2 [Available for loan]
For the wedding of the my son in 2005, my
daughter Samantha wrote a poem, The Man In The Other
Room. As a string quartet was engaged for the proceedings, I
set the poem to music for the quartet. My poet-daughter, who is
also a soprano, performed the song at the wedding.
As we felt the song was quite a success, we
decided to create a song-cycle with the original song as the
centre-piece. Over time, Samantha wrote another 10 or so poems,
from which I selected those currently in the cycle.
The work was then developed as a "love and loss"
journey for the singer. The music is intentionally lyrical and
unapologetically melodic with the intention that such an approach
best serves to bring out the emotions involved.
The songs in order, are:
The Cord. This relates to the singer breaking the ties to her old life and beginning her relationship with the "man". But is he willing?
Breakfast In Bed. She is with the "man" and he is serving her breakfast, and giving her heart a flutter.
The Man In The Other Room. A reflection on the relationship and the knowledge she believes she has gained from it.
Autumn's Wake. The relationship deepens for her.
The Lesson. She feels she has offended the "man" and in self-abasement, seeks forgiveness.
A Suitcase Outside Your Door. A bitter song in 5/8 - she is leaving him.
Regret. No comment needed
Instrumentation: Soprano voice, 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 25 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Vocally challenging.
Contents note: 1. The Cord -- 2. Breakfast in Bed -- 3. The Man In The Other Room -- 4. Autumn’s Wake -- 5. The Lesson -- 6. A Suitcase Outside Your Door -- 7. Regret.
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
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