Sudden Light (2013)

September 9th, 2018

www.phillipcooke.comSudden Light (2013)

  1. Slant of Light
  2. Delay
  3. Sudden Light


Baritone and Piano

fp. 30 October 2013; Jeremy Huw Williams, Ed Jones, St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen, UK as part of the Sound Festival 2013

Score is available to purchase here.


Sudden Light is a short song-cycle on themes of light and starlight. The opening song (a setting of Emily Dickinson) is anxious and full of foreboding, this being dissipated somewhat in the expansive and sustained setting of Elizabeth Jennings’s ‘Delay’ that follows. The final song (a setting of Dante Gabriel Rossetti) is more traditional in feel, but here more than in the other songs, the light is not radiant and pervasive, rather weak and wan.


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