Songs and other choral pieces with non-religious words.
This setting of a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson was composed as a gift for my wife Jo, for a special birthday. Without Jo's knowledge I assembled a group of friends and acquaintances and secretly recorded the piece so I could present her with the CD on her birthday. This earned me the accolade of 'the most romantic man in Sussex.'
We did not have much time to polish the performance (or indeed tune the piano) but I hope the extract below gives a flavour of the piece.
I will make you brooches and toys for your delight
Of bird-song at morning and star-shine at night.
I will make a palace fit for you and me
Of green days in forests and blue days at sea.