Within the Seed (2015)
for SATB chorus
Duration: c.14 minutes
40-page A4 saddle stitched sheet music
Catalogue number: NMP 1013
In 2006 I set Kathleen Raine’s poem Amo Ergo Sum for Sarah Connolly, who performed it at the Cheltenham Festival. I returned many times to her poems, with their ecstatic spirituality and mysticism, and when the BBC Singers commissioned me to write a set of choruses I was glad to continue my exploration of her unique poetic world. Both ‘Let in the wind, Let in the rain’ and Spell of Creation have an innate musicality with their irregular repetition patterns, beautiful and spellbinding in themselves, but also lending themselves to musical setting.