The day of the singing birds : for soprano and piano, with optional flute obbligato
by Wendy Hiscocks (1991)
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The day of the singing birds : for soprano and piano, with optional flute obbligato / Wendy Hiscocks ; words by Dennis Stoll.
Library shelf no. 783.66542/HIS 3 [Not for loan]
This moving poem, echoing the 'Song of Songs', was written by a
friend, the British composer and writer Dennis Stoll (1912-87),
not long before his death.
Dennis was the son of Sir Oswald Stoll, the celebrated Edwardian theatre impresario, perhaps best remembered today for his association with the London Coliseum. Sir Thomas Beecham moved and worked within the Stoll empire which resulted in Dennis becoming a deputy conductor for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Beecham was also responsible for encouraging Dennis's avid interest in Egyptology which became a serious study in later life and exerted an influence on this poem.
The accompaniment includes a flute part, but a version with piano alone is included for occasions when no flute is available.
Instrumentation: Soprano, piano, (optional flute obbligato).
Duration: 2 min.
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