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Jeremy Dale Roberts: Spoken To A Bronze Head: Vocal And Piano

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COMPOSER: Jeremy Dale Roberts
AUTHOR: Ursula Vaughan Williams
PUBLISHER: University Of York Music Press
PRODUCT FORMAT: Score
Jeremy Dale Roberts ' Spoken To A Bronze Head (2009) for Mezzo Soprano and Piano. This is a setting for text by Ursula Vaughan Williams . ' In all the long years that I knew her andit was a matter of regret between us I never set a word of Ursula’s poetry. It was only after her death, when I
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Composer Jeremy Dale Roberts
Author Ursula Vaughan Williams
Publisher University Of York Music Press
Instrumentation Mezzo-Soprano and Piano
Product Format Score
Description Product Type Score
Style Period Post 1901
ISMN 9790570360703
No. MUSM570360703
Number of pages 8
Voicing Mezzo-Soprano Voice
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Jeremy Dale Roberts' Spoken To A Bronze Head (2009) for Mezzo Soprano and Piano. This is a setting for text by Ursula Vaughan Williams.

'In all the long years that I knew her andit was a matter of regret between us I never set a word of Ursula’s poetry. It was only after her death, when I was asked to contribute a setting of one of her poems to a celebratory concert held at the Royal College of Musicthat I ‘jumped’: I knew immediately which one I wanted to do lines ‘Spoken to a Bronze Head’. This was the portrait bust of RVW made by David McFall: not the Jacob Epstein which neither of them liked very much. It stood alwaysin her sitting room, a benign presence, a ‘virtual’ companion in her long widowhood.
My setting is in an ‘arioso’ style, quite simple and austere maybe to match the rather ‘Augustan’ style of the verse. It is of course amemorial, also a salute: and I wanted to enshrine in it the two of them, Ralph and Ursula. So at the heart of it is a clangourous, bronze-like chord, lifted from the last movement of VW’s 6th Symphony, from which I quote a passagejust before the conclusion
. - Jeremy Dale Roberts

Song List
  • 1. Spoken to a Bronze Head
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