She dreams, she dances

for soprano and piano

Christopher Fox

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for soprano and piano

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Composer Christopher Fox
Year of Composition 2016
Duration ca.22'

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Catalogue ID ce-cf1sdsd1


For Elizabeth Hilliard and David Bremner, premiered by them in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, 4 February 2018; song-cycle to poems by W. B. Yeats.

In the spring of 2016 I found myself quoting (misquoting, it turned out) Yeats: ‘I carry the sun in a golden bag, the moon in a silver cup.’ Almost immediately I realised that I wanted to set these words, and the rest of the poem from which they come, ‘Those Dancing Days are Gone’. It seems to me that Winterreise and Dichterliebe, cycles in which there is a continuous narrative with the singer as a protagonist, have far fewer successors than one might think. In She dreams, she dances I have tried to add a new song-cycle to the list, a sequence of songs in which the singer not only sings about, but also embodies, a woman confronting love, loss and the passage of time.

  1. Her Confidence
  2. Sweet Dancer
  3. Her Triumph
  4. Her Dream
  5. A Crazed Girl
  6. Her Anxiety
  7. Those Dancing Days Are Gone (those dancing days are gone)
  8Girl’s Song