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Peter Dickinson

Publisher: Novello & Co

Winter Afternoons (1970)
commissioned by the Vaughan Williams Trust for the King's Singers
Text Writer
Emily Dickinson
Novello & Co Ltd
Chorus a cappella / + 1 instrument
Year Composed
12 Minutes
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Programme Note
Peter Dickinson Winter Afternoons (1970)
Winter Afternoons takes three of the American poetess' 1,775 poems and sets them in a continuous movement with some solo interludes for the double bass. Peter Dickinson has used American poets in other vocal works: an e.e. cummings song cycle (Purcell Room, March 22nd, in a programme with other settings of this poet); Extravaganzas, to texts of Gregory Corso (to be broadcast in 1971 along with three motets sung by the King's Singers). Emily Dickinson's poems treat death entirely without morbidity in finely polished stanzas with a metre derived from hymns.

© Peter Dickinson

  • Ensemble
    The King's Singers, Solna Brass
    Peter Dickinson (piano), Eric Parkin (piano), Rodney Slatford (double bass), Elisabeth Söderström (soprano)
    Albany Records:
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