• Geoffrey Burgon
  • Songs between the soul and the bridegroom (Canciones entre alma y el esposo) (2008)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)
  • SATB
  • 25 min
  • St John of the Cross (trans. Roy Campbell)
  • English

Programme Note

i. Where can your hiding be
ii. But have been found again
iii. Of flowers and emeralds sheen
iv. Now as she long aspired
v. Rejoice, my love, with me

Canciones entre el alma y el esposo is a poem consisting of forty verses. Having
previously set two sections of it as separate a cappella choruses and one for two countertenors and strings I’ve long wanted to make a complete setting of the work, and by arranging the countertenor piece for a cappella chorus and setting the remaining verses as two more anthems for the same forces, I’ve completed the task. The five pieces can of course still be performed separately, or brought together as a twenty-five minute setting of Roy Campbell’s translation from the original Spanish of this vivid and intense poem.

Geoffrey Burgon