• Simon Holt
  • startled Grass (2001)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the BBC

Part 5 of the cycle 'a ribbon of time'

  • hp/2perc
  • 6S, 6A (with handbells)
  • cello
  • 11 min
  • Emily Dickinson
  • English

Programme Note

Startled Grass is scored for 6 sopranos, 6 altos (with an handbell each), 2 percussionists, harp and solo cello. It is a setting of the Emily Dickinson poem of ca. 1863:

Presentiment - is that long Shadow - on the Lawn
Indicative that Suns go down –

The Notice to the startled Grass
That Darkness - is about to pass -

The piece I consider to be a kind of coda to the cycle of 5 pieces I am writing to poetry of Emily Dickinson entitled "a ribbon of time”.

It is dedicated to the memory of Christopher van Kampen and lasts approximately 11 minutes.

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