Three Songs for Sylvia

for solo soprano and orchestra

Paul Alan Barker

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Composer Paul Alan Barker
Year of Composition 1994
Duration -
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Catalogue ID ce-pab1tsfs1


In 1962, Sylvia Plath was commission by the BBC to write a radio play which became ‘Three Women’. The three excerpts I have set here were all given to the same character, the only one of the three to successfully conclude her pregnancy. The songs are reflections on the onset of pregnancy, thoughts about motherhood and reactions at the moment of birth.

First performed on the 1st July 1994 at Bristol Cathedral by the London Festival Orchestra.