A Love Song


solo piano

A Love Song was commissioned as part of William Howard’s Love Song project by Neil King, for Matilda

First Performance
3.5.16, Leighton House, London, UK: William Howard

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Programme Notes

In 2015 William Howard recorded a CD, Sixteen Love Songs, all, except three, from the nineteenth century. In 2016 he began commissioning sixteen composers to write contemporary love songs, of which mine was the first to be completed. The Romantic musical language of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was ideally suited to the love song, far more than the various languages of our own day, where the concept seems to be disappearing even from popular music. My own musical language continues in many ways to be Romantic, and I am also very concerned with the renewal of melody, so possibly my task was easier than for some others; nevertheless it took me two months to get the notes right in a piece lasting under four minutes. It is dedicated to my wife Jenifer.


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