How Clear, How Lovely (2010)

February 3rd, 2020

How Clear, How Lovely (2010)

A setting of Alfred Housman’s XVI.



fp. 03 March 2012; Arcadian Singers, John Forster, Keble College, Oxford, UK

lon.p. 21 March 2013; Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge, Nicholas Cleobury, St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London, UK

Sco.p. 22 November 2013; Choir of King’s College Aberdeen, David Smith, St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen, UK

Dutch.p. 11 September 2016; Het Zingend Hart, Rob Kapetein, Scheltema, Leiden, The Netherlands

A recording of this work is available on Phillip Cooke, Choral Music released on Regent Records, REGCD411 and available to buy here.

How Clear, How Lovely (2010) (pdf)


How Clear, How Lovely is a simple setting of Alfred Housman’s famous poem for SATB unaccompanied choir. The work is one of a protracted set of ‘partsongs’ taking their influence from the Romantic idea of the partsong as a simple, homophonic, melody dominated  piece often taking its inspiration from nature and other Romantic notions.


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