Full Circle

Full Circle (2003/2004)
– 12′
Song Cycle for Voice and piano


I – ‘Colour and Light’
II – ‘Birdsong on a Lonely Birthday Morning’
III – ‘Bovine Brilliance’
IV – ‘In The Gutter’
V – ‘Full Circle’
Live recordings with Maya Kasir (soprano) and Nigel Foster (piano)

Programme Note

This is a song cycle based on the poetry of my late mother Joan Jennings.
The
5 poems I used touch on many different themes and emotions such as the
wonder of nature, the despair of loneliness, the virtues of
vegetarianism, the gap between rich and poor and finally a sense of
optimism that out of all the hardship one might suffer in life one can
rise above it and blossom in the future.
In the music I try to convey
all these emotions and give the listener the sense of the author’s
feelings and meanings. So at different times in the music one can get a
sense of wonder, despair, loneliness, optimism, irony, humour and also
very importantly Irishness. My mother loved Ireland and I inherited her
love of traditional Irish music, so some of the pieces have certain
characteristics of traditional Irish music such as jig rhythms and sean
nós vocal ornamentations.