• Joby Talbot
  • The Wishing Tree (2002)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)
  • 6 male voices
  • 4 min
  • Joby Talbot
  • Kathleen Jamie

Programme Note

The feeling I would most readily associate with the Elizabethan madrigalists is a sense of perpetual yearning. Kathleen Jamie's poem expresses just such a sense of longing but bypasses the Arcadian idyll to link people's expectations & desires more directly to the natural world. My music is accordingly punchy & angular - a sense of desperation creeping in as words & syllables are bounced from one side of the ensemble to the other.


The Wishing Tree