Two Shakespeare Songs were written in 1989-1990. Cry, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo was written first, and is scored for Soprano Voice and Piano. It takes its text from a song by Ariel in The Tempest. The Witches’ Song is for solo Soprano, with the text coming from Macbeth. Both are dramatic works which allow the performer to showcase her virtuosity; either would be a perfect audition piece or both could be combined as complementary items on a recital programme.
Alison Bauld (b. 1944) is an Australian-born composer and writer who lives and works in London. Her compositions are distinguished by their dramatic structure, partly inspired by musical theatre. She has also written a three-volume tutor for keyboard and composition.