Three Thrilling Tales (2009)

October 31st, 2016

Three Thrilling Tales (2009)

  1. A Thrilling Tale
  2. Fidelity’s Flight
  3. Abroath Paraphrase

6′

Solo Tenor or Solo Baritone

fp. 02 March 2009; Ted Schmitz, Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford, UK.

Score available to purchase here.

PROGRAMME NOTE

Three Thrilling Tales are short, light pieces for solo tenor written as diversions from larger more weighty pieces I have been working on. The first song ‘A Thrilling Tale’ was composed in Kirkwall and is a setting of an advert for real estate that I found in the local paper The Orcadian. The vivid imagery and the fact that tale in question is never revealed was far too good for house buyers, so I decided to set it to music. The second song ‘Fidelity’s Flight’ is a setting of the synopsis for a ‘Mills & Boon’ style book I encountered in a Greek airport whilst waiting for a delayed flight. Alas, I never got round to reading the book (though the front-cover looked very enticing) but the heart-stopping synopsis seemed a worthy thrilling tale. The third song is a good deal more thrilling, it is a setting of a short section of the Declaration of Arbroath, a document signed in 1320 (in Arbroath Abbey) which asserted Scotland’s right to international recognition as an independent country – a truly thrilling tale.

PAC

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