Three Songs (2014)

Poems by Harold Monro

Soprano Solo and Chamber Ensemble (Fl, Cl, Hn, Tp, Vln, Vla, Vcl, Perc, Hp)

or Soprano Solo and Piano.

12 minutes

First Performance: February, 24. 2015. T. Earl Hinton Music Hall - Middle Tennessee State University.

Morgan Moné - Soprano, Daniel Bondaczuk - Piano.

        Harold Monro was a British poet born in 1879. Son of a Scottish civil engineer and his wife, he ran the Poetry Bookshop in London and founded the Poetry review magazine, which helped many poets to bring their work before the public. In the turn of the century, he was called for military service during the World War I, but he didn’t become a mainstream war poet. Although his internal conflicts have proven to be even greater than those around him, his sensible worldview and the ability to write about everyday issues with delicacy became his greatest characteristics. This song cycle is an attempt to give new life to these poems almost a century after they were first published.
         The first song “Solitude” is an insight over the monotony of life and its repetitions. The clock-like ostinato and the constant weighted pace seem to hold time still while all other events appear to be oversized. This distortion of time creates a semi-hypnotic atmosphere. The second song “Child of Dawn” is an ode to the frailty of life. As ephemeral as it is, yet beautiful, life is always changing like the colors of the sky in the first light of a new day. The song evolves like an image on steam blew by the wind that finally vanishes in the air. “The Nightingale near the House” is a cry of the inner voice fulfilling the need for expression that lies within every human being, just like a bird that sings in the stillness of the night.


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