• Simon Holt
  • a song of crocuses and lightning (1989)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by London Weekend Television for the South Bank Show Arts Review of 1989

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  • Soprano
  • 4 min
  • Simon Holt
  • Raymond Carver
  • English

Programme Note

A song of crocuses and lightning is a simple setting of the Raymond Carver poem Two Worlds. I wrote it at the end of 1989 as a memorial to Michael Vyner who had been a great support and friend over the previous ten or so years. It's scored for soprano with horn, harp, viola and double bass and lasts approximately four minutes.

© Simon Holt, 2002.


Two Worlds


In air heavy
with odor of crocuses,

sensual smell of crocuses,
I watch a lemon sun disappear,

a sea change blue
to olive black.

I watch lightning leap from Asia as
sleeping,

my love stirs and breathes and
sleeps again,

part of this world and yet
part that.


Raymond Carver