A co-commission celebrating the tenth anniversary of JAM (The John Armitage Memorial Trust) and the fortieth anniversary of VocalEssence.

  • hn.2tpt.tbn.tba/org
  • SATB
  • 16 min
  • Samuel Daniel (1562-1619), S. Daniel and Crane
  • English

Programme Note

First performance: 25 March 2010, St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London; BBC Singers; Stephen Disley, organ; Onyx Brass; Nicholas Cleobury, conductor.

The Night’s Untruth explores the use of sleep as metaphor by dint of excerpts from poems written in the 17th to 20th centuries. Death, love, fear, ecstasy, isolation, dreaming and rest are all textual “variations” on the “theme” of sleep and can be found in the chosen texts. The work’s title is taken from a line in a poem by Samuel Daniel (1562-1619) and speaks to the composition’s focus on sleep as a parallel, possibly dystopian, existence to the one experienced in our waking hours.

Tarik O’Regan
March 2010