Sonnets and Love Songs

for baritone & piano

Charlotte Bray

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Composer Charlotte Bray
Year of Composition 2011
Duration ca.17'



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Catalogue ID ce-cb1sls1


Sonnets and Love Songs consists of six songs, setting three of Pessoa’s 35 Sonnets, one poem from the collection ‘The Mad Fiddler’, and two English poems by the heteronym ‘Alexander Search’. The Sonnets in this collection are about life: innocence, turmoil and strength – someone trying to understand or make sense of the world perhaps. Two of the poems (Hidden & Silent Streams) are about love, although they aren’t huge proclamations of love but rather one trying to express how he feels. A Temple stands out as the darkest poem in the collection and reflects on one’s fears (perhaps around love), describing the ‘temple’ he builds around himself for protection. The piece uses this collection of poems to form a journey: from naivety, through turmoil where one might hide from the truth, an expression of love, to eventual strength, freedom perhaps (from the inner turmoil).