Enter your username and password

Forgotten your username or password?

Your Shopping Cart

There are no items in your shopping cart.


Sheet Music: Score

Sun : song cycle for baritone and piano / Peter Sculthorpe ; text by D.H. Lawrence.

by Peter Sculthorpe (2010)


This item is not available to customers outside Australia and New Zealand.
Please contact http://www.fabermusic.co.uk for all sales enquiries.

Product details

I completed the song cycle Sun in 1960, when I was studying at Oxford. Dedicated to Wilfrid Mellers and his first wife, Peggy, it was first performed at the Attingham Park Summer School, Shropshire, in the same year.

A setting of poems by D H Lawrence, the work tells of a journey from a desolate place to a place of everlasting light. It consists of three motivically-related songs: Into the Sea, Tropic and Sun in Me. At the time of writing it, I was very much influenced by Lawrence's ideas concerning the sun as both life-giver and destroyer. I related these to my own experience as an Australian and the song cycle is a precursor of my orchestral series, Sun Music.

Late in 1960, I withdrew the work, feeling that the final song failed to mirror the emotions contained in the poem. In the following year I was inspired to rewrite the song. I used a wordless setting of it at the end of Irkanda IV, for solo violin, strings and percussion, a work written in memory of my father. I have now incorporated this into the song cycle itself, revising the whole work in 2009.

Reflecting the text, the work tells of a journey from a dark place to a place of everlasting light. In arranging it for baritone and piano, I was able to make a particularly strong statement.

Published by: Australian Music Centre (under licence from Faber Music) — 1 score (17p. -- A4 (portrait))

Duration: 10 mins, 30 sec.

Contents note:

Into the Sea  --  Tropic  --  Sun in Me.

Commission info: Originally for soprano and piano, this arrangement for baritone and piano was made especially for Peter Coleman-Wright, following a request from Ian Ritchie, Artistic Director of the City of London festival.

Includes programme notes and copy of text.

Typeset edition.

Related products

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Soprano with piano


- Browse other works published by Australian Music Centre (under licence from Faber Music)

- Browse other works for Baritone with piano

- Browse other works by Peter Sculthorpe

User reviews

Be the first to share your thoughts, opinions and insights about this item.

To post a comment please login