Song Cycle for Voice and piano from the poetry of Joan Jennings.
Duration: 12 mins.
Premiered by Maya Kasir (voice), Johan Trottersdam (voice) and Nigel Foster (piano) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, May 2004.
Recording of songs I, III-V released on the Dave Flynn album Full Circle – Music from the Guildhall (2003-2004)
I – ‘Colour and Light’
II – ‘Birdsong on a Lonely Birthday Morning’
III – ‘Bovine Brilliance’
IV – ‘In The Gutter’
V – ‘Full Circle’
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.