for soprano, violin, cello, piano (2008)
Text: Song of Songs (French)
f.p. Kürbis, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, February 2008
Come Away continues my abiding interest in paring down to musical fundamentals in search of strength and clarity of expression. The four performers articulate a sparse patchwork of quite simple, repetitive figurations. The singer sings, in French, words from the Song of Songs (‘Rise up, my love, and come away; for lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth’ etc). Come Away describes a tentatively budding new life and love.