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Programme Notes

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


‘Matthews' setting of 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…’
Financial Times (Andrew Clements), 14 June 1980

Shadows in the Water

No Venue (Aldeburgh, Suffolk, United Kingdom)

Peter Pears, Steuart Bedford, London Sinfonietta, Oliver Knussen, George Benjamin, Jonathan Harvey