Features five songs, also known as St John Of The Cross (Canciones Entre El Alma Y El Esposo).
Canciones entre el alma y el esposo is a poem consisting of forty verses, reproduced below. Havingpreviously set two sections of it as separate a cappella choruses and one for two countertenors andstrings, I’ve long wanted to make a complete setting of the work and, by arranging the countertenorpiece for a cappella chorus and setting the remaining verses as two more anthems for the same forces,I’ve completed the task. The five pieces can of course still be performed separately, or brought togetheras a twenty-five minute setting of Roy Campbell’s translation from the original Spanish of this vivid andintense poem.
- Where can your hiding be
- But have been found again
- Of flowers and emeralds sheen
- Now, as she long aspired
- Rejoice, my love, with me
Geoffrey Burgon, May 2008.