How Clear, How Lovely (2010)
A setting of Alfred Housman’s XVI.
fp. 03 March 2012; Arcadian Singers, John Forster, Keble College, Oxford, UK
lon.p. 21 March 2013; Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge, Nicholas Cleobury, St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London, UK
Sco.p. 22 November 2013; Choir of King’s College Aberdeen, David Smith, St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen, UK
Dutch.p. 11 September 2016; Het Zingend Hart, Rob Kapetein, Scheltema, Leiden, The Netherlands
A recording of this work is available on Phillip Cooke, Choral Music released on Regent Records, REGCD411 and available to buy here.
How Clear, How Lovely is a simple setting of Alfred Housman’s famous poem for SATB unaccompanied choir. The work is one of a protracted set of ‘partsongs’ taking their influence from the Romantic idea of the partsong as a simple, homophonic, melody dominated piece often taking its inspiration from nature and other Romantic notions.