Love me sweet was composed for the occasion of the composer’s wedding in July 2010. The text consists of four verses taken from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ironic poem A Man’s Requirements which ends with the couplet, ‘I will love thee – half a year – As a man is able.’ This setting responds to the purer sentiments of the earlier verses, employing a lilting metre, a harmonic idiom and a piquant sprinkling of dissonance.
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Tom Wiggall is a London-based composer writing mainly for voice, stage and screen. In recent years Tom’s work has taken in large-scale community opera projects, numerous anthems and songs, and music for film and television including Melvyn Bragg’s ITV1 series Faith in the Frame and Channel 4’s The Art Show. Tom is also Director of Music at Highgate School.