Shadows in the Water


high voice and piano
Traherne T (Author)
Solo Voice
Thomas Traherne
First Performance
11.6.80, Aldeburgh Festival: Peter Pears/Steuart Bedford

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Colin Matthews SHADOWS IN THE WATER For high voice and piano This setting of a poem by Thomas Traherne (1637-74) was composed between August 1978 and May 1979 as a sixty-ninth birthday present for Peter Pears, who, with Steuart Bedford, gave the first performance at the 1980 Aldeburgh Festival. Colin Matthews

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‘Colin Matthews setting of Thomas Traherne, simple, entirely syllabic with a spare and understated piano accompaniment, was written as a birthday present for Sir Peter Pears. It is unpretentious and carefully written … confining itself largely to the middle register of the voice …’ Financial Times (Andrew Clements), 14 June 1980 Read more

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