Op.70d - Birthday Garland: 4 The King-Fisher
Song 4 from The Weston Cycle
This piece started as an attempt to combine minimalist-style piano writing with a love of plainsong-like melodies; add to this the rather unusual poem by Marvell, which forms part of a far longer poem, regarding the properties of a King-Fisher, the music wrote itself. The darting nature of the piano part, which flits between 6/8 and 3/4, accompanies the legato melody, which varies in the third stanza, as a descant over the original. A hushed fourth verse gives way to a vocalise based on the opening section.
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