Shimmerwords and idle songs (selected poems of the Tang Dynasty)

Hesketh, K. (2009) Shimmerwords and idle songs (selected poems of the Tang Dynasty). [Composition]


For soprano and piano, duration 18 minutes. This work was commissioned by Leeds Lieder+ 2007 with funds partly provided by the RVW Trust. It was premiered on 14 October 2007 at Leeds Lieder+ by Elizabeth Watts (soprano) and Gary Matthewman (piano). The song cycle is made up of six songs in four sections, and the text is taken from a collection of Chinese poetry from the 8th and 9th centuries: I) Traveling Moon; II) Enjoying Pine and Bamboo; III) Three Commentaries: A Song of the Palace - The Philosopher - The Red Cockatoo; IV) Sitting Idle at the North Window. A recording by Claire Booth (soprano) and Ryan Wigglesworth (piano) is available on SoundCloud at this link:

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