• Cheryl Frances-Hoad
  • The Food of Love (2017)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

For Dominic Peckham and The London Oriana Choir, commissioned as part of the five 15 project championing women composers.

  • str
  • SATB
  • 10 min

Programme Note

Commissioned by the London Oriana Choir as part of their five15 project. Premiered by the choir and the Meridien Sinfonia conducted by Dominic Peckham at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, on 7th March 2013.

The Food of Love was commissioned by the London Oriana Choir (and is the last of three works written during my five15 residency). The brief was to write a piece suitable for a spring concert (something joyful, inspired by fertility) that also looked to Monteverdi's Vespers in some way. Having recently set quite a few Marian texts I felt I needed a change of scene, so I instead spent a very enjoyable week reading all the poems about fruit, vegetables, (and other edible aphrodisiacs) that I could find, eventually settling on excerpts of Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market and Jonathan Swift's Verses Made for Fruit Women. Many of the motives and textures in the piece are either stolen from, or influenced by, the Vespers.

The Food of Love has four movements:
Orchard Fruits (Rossetti)
Onions (Swift)
Oysters (Swift)
Melons and Plums (Rossetti)

© Cheryl Frances-Hoad, 2017

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