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 soon to be released on the upcoming 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.