Midnight Closes (ensemble)

three Thomas Hardy settings for soprano & piano

Charlotte Bray

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three Thomas Hardy settings for soprano & piano

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Composer Charlotte Bray
Year of Composition 2010
Duration ca.11'
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-cb1mce1


Although better known during his lifetime for his novels, Thomas Hardy always aspired to being a poet and claimed to have written novels solely to make a living in his early years. ‘Loving-kindness’ was one of Hardy’s favourite expressions, and it is a feeling which we find suffusing many of his poems. (James Gibson, Palgrave). This is certainly reflected in the collection set here. Drawn to the fun, light-hearted and witty nature of the poetry, it is radical yet truly timeless.

The ‘instrumental interludes’ were written to sit alongside ‘Midnight Closes’, which may be performed with just soprano and piano. These short pieces take inspiration from the Thomas Hardy poems set in the song cycle. Small fragments from the songs were used as starting points in the composition of each piece.