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Ian Venables

Publisher: Novello & Co

A Kiss Op 15 (1992)
Text Writer
Thomas Hardy
Novello & Co Ltd
Solo Voices and 1-6 players
Year Composed
4 Minutes
Alternate Orchestration
Baritone; Piano

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Programme Note
Ian Venables A Kiss Op 15 (1992)
Thomas Hardy published his first book of verse, 'Wessex Poems', in 1898. This was followed by 'Poems of the Past and Present' in 1901, 'Time's Laughing-Stocks' in 1909, 'Satires of Circumstance' in 1914, and 'Moments of Vision' in 1917. It is from the last of these volumes that Ian Venables chose to set the poem 'A Kiss'. Its two stanzas contrast the naïve impulses of an innocent love with love as an eternal theme. The composer chose to create an almost identical soundworld for both, with only subtle changes to voice and piano in texture and tessitura. This song shows Venables' ability to write a diatonic melody that is accompanied by a highly chromatic language. It is bordering on the discordant, but never at the expense of resolution.

This work has been recorded by Roderick Williams and Susie Allan on SOMM CD 057, and by Andrew Kennedy and the Dante quartet in an arrangement by Graham J Lloyd on Signum.

  • Soloist(s)
    Roderick Williams (baritone), Susie Allan (piano)
    SOMM Recordings:
  • Soloist(s)
    Andrew Kennedy, tenor; Richard Hosford, clarinet; Iain Burnside, piano
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