Geoffrey Bush's Summer Serenade is a refreshingly enjoyable work, written on the wing of inspiration, essentially sunny and life-enhancing. The eclectic style is readily diatonic, the harmonies never make one shudder and the rich melodic flow is appealingly direct. The settings of an ingenious selection of verse are in the best traditions of British choral writing. Performance time approx. 20 minutes.
Made up of 7 parts, including Prologue, Madrigal, Scherzo, Dirge, Aubade, Nocturne and Finale.Orchestration varies between these parts – they are scored for chorus and orchestra, unaccompanied voices or Tenor solo and orchestra.
Geoffrey Bush was a British composer, organist and scholar of 20th-century English music. His compositions include 5 operas, 2 symphonies, choral pieces such as his Christmas Cantata and many songs, generally in the lieder style.