The latest song cycle from Brian Elias, Four Emily Brontë Songs, will receive its world premiere at the Leicester International Music Festival, performed by contralto Jess Dandy and violist Timothy Ridout on September 17.
Setting ‘Tell Me Tell Me’, ‘Song for A.A.’, ‘The Night is Darkening’ and ‘All Hushed and Still’, this new commission from the Festival will be a welcome addition to the lower voice repertoire.
Of the collection, the composer says,
‘These four poems are typical of Emily Brontë’s verse, which for me is always coloured by a touch of sadness and expresses a vast, intimate, and interior world, rich with dreams and imagery drawn from nature. I have wanted to set some of her verse of her sublime character, that of a low voice (mezzo soprano, alto or counter tenor) accompanied by viola.’
For more information and to book tickets please visit www.leicesterinternationmusicfestival.org.uk