Love's coming : a song cycle for medium voice and piano on six poems by John Shaw Neilson
by Gerald Glynn (1986)
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Love's Coming consists of settings of six poems by John Shaw Neilson (1872-1942), perhaps Australia's greatest lyric poet. The title of the cycle is taken from that of the first poem set. The vocal writing is deliberately simple, to let the poems speak for themselves, but the piano accompaniment is often more florid and complex, each song having its own distinctive accompanimental figures and motifs.
After the sixth and last song, When Kisses are as Strawberries, there is a brief return to the opening song and its final couplet, "Love came so lightly // I knew not that he came". The swirling, piano arpeggios of this opening song are then repeated to close the cycle.
The composer gratefully acknowledges the kind permission granted by Lothian Books of Melbourne to use Neilson's poems
Instrumentation: Medium voice, piano.
Duration: 19 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — A.Mus. Piano accompaniment sometimes complex and florid.
Contents note: Love's coming -- Surely God was a lover -- The hour of the parting -- Love in absence -- So sweet a mouth had she -- When kisses are as strawberries.
Dedication note: Dedicated to: Elaine.
'Love in absence' is on AMEB Grade 5 syllabus. 'The hour of the parting' is on AMEB Grade 6 syllabus. 'Surely God was a lover' is on AMEB Grade 8 syllabus.
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
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