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Ah, Sun-flower! (No. 5 from 'The Passing of the Year') (Choir)

Jonathan Dove

Lyricist William Blake

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Programme note for The Passing of the Year

The seven poems that I have set in The Passing of the Year make up three ‘movements’. The first looks forward to summer, beginning with a line from Blake (‘O Earth, O Earth return!’). ‘The narrow bud’ comes from Blake’s To Autumn, but is a description of summer; the rapid questions of ‘Answer July’ suggest the quickening senses, the excitement of everything bursting into life, and summer’s triumphant arrival.

The second section follows the passing of summer. It begins in sultry heat, with a song from the opening scene of David and Bethsabe (‘Hot sun, cool fire’): a girl bathing in a spring feels the power and danger of her beauty. The section ends with the sense of mortality the Autumn brings: ‘Adieu! Farewell earth’s bliss’, from
Summer’s Last Will and Testament, heralds the death of summer. The cycle ends in winter, on New Year’s Eve with a passage from Tennyson’s In Memoriam.

This song cycle is dedicated to the memory of my mother, who died too young.

Price: £15.00  30 Copy Licence

Arrangement: Choir

  • Piano
  • Mixed Voices

Genre(s): Classical, Contemporary

Language: English

Key: Gb

Pages: 5