To One

Year of composition
Christina Rees
Difficult (Grades 7+)
8 minutes
Classical music
Voice + keyboard
Instrumental parts
Not available

1.Empty Night 2.To Entice You 3.The Day We Met 4.I Learn My Name 5.Christening

This set of five songs was composed in 1985 and was first performed that year by soprano (and the poet), Christina Rees in Harston, near Cambridge, UK. The poems evoke the countless moods associated with a relationship.

The first song evokes the desolation of a separation; free use of tonality, chromaticism and a persistent use of the augmented fourth interval within a minor mode, all reinforce the feeling of despair.

The mood lightens with the second song: erotic, seductive lyrics are enclosed within a gently sardonic waltz-style structure.

The third song uses a straightforward ternary structure, where the outer sections revert to unusually juxtaposed chords, as in the opening songs.

The fourth song is more relaxed, and uses a simple jazz-style piano chording to enhance the rather blatantly suggestive lyrics.

'Christening' concludes the set in triumphant mood. Set within a firm A Major tonality, it once again utilises chording remote from this key and chord clusters perhaps suggesting an ominous fragility beneath the superficial confidence of this finale.

Which method of viewing music should I use?

Score Exchange has two methods to display previews of music: seView which uses regular html and javascipt and the Scorch plug-in from Avid which needs to be downloaded and installed onto your computer. Both have advantages and disadvantages:


seView, is the most compatible option. You should be able to view music on all modern web browsers including most mobile devices. Even if your device does not support javascript you should still be able to preview at least page one of the music.

You do not need to install any additional software to use seView.


Scorch is a free plug-in from Avid for displaying and printing music. It can also play the music that you're seeing. As modern web browsers are updated, Scorch is no longer compatible with many browsers. Scorch has never been compatible with mobile devices and some web browsers on Mac computers.

If your web browser does not install Scorch automatically, you can click here to download and install scorch manually.

cloud scorch goes here

Licensing for this music

This score was published on Score Exchange by Richard Lambert. When you buy it, you are granted a license that includes the following:

Sharing the file you download
When you buy the score - make multiple copies
When you buy parts - make multiple copies

For anything not permitted by the above licence then you should contact the publisher first to obtain permission.

In order to submit this score to Richard Lambert has declared that they own the copyright to this work in its entirety or that they have been granted permission from the copyright holder to use their work. If you believe that this score should be not available here because it infringes your or someone elses copyright, please report this score using the copyright abuse form.