Songs with pianoSongs with instrumental ensemble accompaniment
NEWNew to the catalogue: Gitanjali, texts by Rabindranath Tagore(Soprano piano)
Voyages, texts by Hart Crane (tenor or baritone + piano)
For David on his birthday, song cycle for tenor and piano recorded in 2004 by Simon Biazeck (tenor) and Paul Webster (piano)
With piano accompaniment
006500Songs of Love and Loss15'D
Mezzo Soprano (or Alto), Clarinet (or Viola) and Piano
'I dreamed of him last night'
A cycle of 5 songs dealing with themes of love, bereavement and loss, setting poems by Lord Alfred Douglas, Helen Waddell, Robert Hugill and two poems by M.V. Lively taken from "How can you write a poem when you're dying of AIDS".

'emotional and thought provoking' - Blake Engel, CMU, Pittsburgh

1. The Dead Poet
2. David's Lament for Jonathan (Helen Waddell)   words  music

3. Another Day Without You (Robert Hugill)   words
4. Soft, for Music Dies (M.V.Lively)   words
5. Memorare (M.V.Lively)   words

programme note
listen - David's Lament for Jonathan
listen - David's Lament for Jonathan(excerpt)
006506Quickening20'E
Mezzo-Soprano (or Alto), Viola and Piano
'When I am dead, mydearest, Sing no sad songs to me'
A song cycle on the theme of renewal. 6 poems by Christina Rosetti trace the parallel cycles of winter leading to a new spring, and death leading to new life and resurrection

1. Song   words   music

2. Bitter for Sweet   words
3. Two Pursuits   words
4. Remember   words
5. Withering   words
6. The First Day of Spring   words
programme note
006506SQuickening20'E
Soprano, Violin and Piano
006506SCLQuickening20'E
Soprano, Violin and Piano
006501What is Man? (vocal score)12'C
High Tenor and String Ensemble
'Oh, what is life and what is Man? Oh, what is death?'
A scena for High Tenor and Strings setting words from William Blake's long poem, 'Jerusalem', in the form of a sequence of accompanied recits and arias.

words    music

006501What is Man?12'D
version for High Tenor and Organ
006502Angel Food, an Entertainment for Voice and Piano10'B
Alto (or Baritone) and Piano
   1. Prelude
   2. The Plum
   3. Interlude
   4. The Melon
   5. Interlude
   6. The Rose
   7. Postlude
Three short poems by Felice Picano, each an elegant double-entendre.

words    music

006503Love Remembered15'
Tenor and Piano
Six songs to poems by Constantine Cavafy in English translations, also available in a version for Saxophone and Piano
   1. Their Beginning
   2. Come Back
   3. Chandelier
   4. Let me Stop here
   5. Grey
   6. December 1903
006503Love Remembered15'
Soprano and Piano
006503Love Remembered15'
Baritone and Piano
006504Postcripts15'C
Baritone and Piano
'For David, on his Birthday'
An on-going set of songs on the theme of love, all to short poems by Carl Cook.

1. The First Evening words music

2. Spring words
3. To See you Happy words
4. What we Crave in Love words
5. October Air words
006505The Second Duino Elegy20'H
Mezzo-Soprano and Ensemble
'Every Angel is Terrible'
Setting, in German, of Rilke's Second Duino Elegy with an accompaniment of piano quartet.
006507Let This Harvest Pass, O Love20'C
Alto and Guitar
'the courage to create ourselves anew, all this and more we have fought and won'
Twelve Duets for Alto and Guitar based on poems by Carl Cook, written for Rupert Damerell (counter-tenor) and Andrew Keeping (guitar), who gave the first performance at Burgh House, Hampstead. The fantasia for solo guitar, using themes from the song cycle, Harvest Ramble was also written for Andrew Keeping.

 words    programme note    music

006507Let This Harvest Pass, O Love20'C
Soprano and Guitar
006510Four Songs to Texts by Ivor Gurney11'C
Baritone and Piano
Settings of four moving poems by Ivor Gurney - Song, Requiem, To His Love and Song and Pain. The poems were written in the light of the First World War. Robert Hugill's songs address issues of love, friendship and loss to form a trajectory from loss to acceptance.

In 2007, To His Love came 2nd in the English Poetry and Song Society's Ivor Gurney competition and Requiem came 4th.

 words   music

006511Four Songs to texts by A.E. Housman10'30C
Tenor and Piano
Settings of four late poems by A E Housman - He looked at me, He would not stay for me, Because I liked you better, and A.J.J. - When he's returned. The poems were written in the after the First World War and reflect the homo-erotic strand in Housman's poetry.

In 2008, He Looked at me came 3rd in the English Poetry and Song Society's A.E. Housman competition.

 words   music

006511Four Songs to texts by A.E. Housman10'30C
Baritone and Piano
Version for baritone and piano

006510Four Songs to Texts by Ivor Gurney11'C
Baritone and Piano
Settings of four moving poems by Ivor Gurney - Song, Requiem, To His Love and Song and Pain. The poems were written in the light of the First World War. Robert Hugill's songs address issues of love, friendship and loss to form a trajectory from loss to acceptance.

In 2007, To His Love came 2nd in the English Poetry and Song Society's Ivor Gurney competition and Requiem came 4th.

 words   music

006509He Wishes... (piano version) 15'D
Soprano and Piano
  1. The Poet pleads with his Friend for Old Friends
  2. He wishes his beloved were dead
  3. He wishes for the cloths of heaven
  4. The Lake Isle of Innisfree
words
Four poems by W. B. Yeats set for Soprano and Piano.
006515Farewell Love 13'D
Tenor and Piano. music
  1. What should I say?
  2. It is necessary
  3. The Pillar
  4. Is it possible?
  5. Farewell Love
words
Four poems by Sir Thomas Wyatt, plus an extract from one of his letters, set for tenor and piano.
006518Gitanjali NEW10'C
Soprano and Piano. music
Three poems from Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali for soprano and piano.
006519Voyages NEW20'E
Tenor and Piano. music
Four poems by Hart Crane for tenor and piano.
006519Voyages NEW10'E
Baritone and Piano. music
Four poems by Hart Crane for baritone and piano.
With instrumental ensemble accompaniment
006508He Wishes... 15' H
Soprano and Ensemble (Harp, Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello
  1. The Poet pleads with his Friend for Old Friends
  2. He wishes his beloved were dead
  3. He wishes for the cloths of heaven
  4. The Lake Isle of Innisfree
Four poems by W.B.Yeats set for soprano and large ensemble, with a very prominent harp part. words
006512Love Remembered 11'30
Soprano (or tenor) and Clarinet quartet
Four songs to poems by Constantine Cavafy in English translations, these are revised arrangements of the cycle with piano.
  1. Their Beginning
  2. Come Back
  3. Chandelier
  4. December 1903
006513Love Remembered 11'30
Soprano (or tenor) and String quartet
Four songs to poems by Constantine Cavafy in English translations, these are revised arrangements of the cycle with piano.
006514Four Songs to Texts by Ivor Gurney 9'30I
Baritone and Piano sextet (Piano, 2 Violins, 2 Violas, Cello). music
He's gone and all our plans
are useless indeed.

Settings of four moving poems by Ivor Gurney - Song, Requiem, To His Love and Song and Pain. The poems were written in the light of the First World War. Robert Hugill's songs address issues of love, friendship and loss to form a trajectory from loss to acceptance. These are revised versions, using piano sextet, of songs which were originally written for piano accompaniment. words

006516Farewell Love 13'J
Tenor and sextet (Flute, Oboe, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass). music
  1. What should I say?
  2. It is necessary
  3. The Pillar
  4. Is it possible?
  5. Farewell Love
words
Four poems by Sir Thomas Wyatt, plus an extract from one of his letters, in a version for tenor and instrumental ensemble.
006517What should I say 7'15F
Tenor and quintet (Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello). music
  1. What should I say?
  2. It is necessary
  3. The Pillar
words
Three of the poems by Sir Thomas Wyatt from Farewell, Love in alternative versions for tenor and instrumental quintet.

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