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Songs and Haiku, Sheet music Book


Songs and Haiku is a previously unreleased collection of songs for mezzo-soprano and piano, published to mark what would have been Jonathan Harvey's 80th birthday in 2019. Two haiku (the first for piano alone - the only piece here to have been published before - the latter by Basho) bookend three love songs dedicated to Harvey's wife Rosa.

The grouping of the pieces into a 8-minute cycle was the composer's own idea, and it mixes Eastern and Western poets in a totally characteristic manner.

Both Tagore and E. E. Cummings are represented, poets who feature in some of Harvey's finest works (Song Offerings and Forms of Emptiness, respectively), and a third song sets Tennyson's 'Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal'.




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