• Nicola LeFanu
  • Stranded on my Heart (1984)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the St. Alban's Chamber Choir with funds from the Eastern Arts Association

  • str
  • SATB
  • tenor
  • 22 min
  • Rabindranath Tagore, John Fuller, David Sutton,
  • English

Programme Note

Stranded on My Heart was written for the St Alban's Chamber Choir, conductor Richard Stangroom, who commissioned it with funds provided by the Eastern Arts Association. Stranded on My Heart is a lullaby sequence - for grown-ups as well as children. It is dedicated to all my friends in the peace movement, and especially Liz Till. The title is taken from a couplet by Tagore, written for his first child: "Floating down the stream of the world's life, you have stranded on my heart". The chorale Resting comes from my Like a Wave of the Sea (1981). The chorale text is from the Upanishads. I have adapted traditional nursery rhyme texts from The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book, ed. Opie (OUP 1955), and quoted from An Adult Lullaby in Medieval English Lyrics, ed. R. T. Davies (Faber & Faber 1963). In the pinetree is from Insomnia by Marina Tsvetayeva, trans. Elaine Feinstein (OUP 1971, Penguin 1974). Grateful acknowledgements to all copyright holders, and in particular to David Sutton, for his Newborn and Sleep from Absences and Celebrations (The Hogarth Press, Chatto & Windus 1982), and John Fuller, whose lullaby Sleep little baby was the starting point for this piece.
© Nicola LeFanu