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Hugh Wood

Publisher: Chester Music

Beginnings: Three Early Songs (2010)
Text Writer
W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas
Chester Music Ltd
Soloists and Orchestra
Sub Category
Soloists and String Orchestra
Year Composed
15 Minutes
Mezzo Soprano
Programme Note
Hugh Wood Beginnings: Three Early Songs (2010)
Score preview:

Luxuriating in a post-Wagnerian Romanticism tinged with Expressionist intensity, the songs were lit by the joy of youth and shaped by the cool-headed wisdom of experience. Echoes of the post-war British musical scene were surrounded by more pungent, colouristic harmonies perhaps indicative of a developing creative talent in the 1950s gradually assimilating the music of Schoenberg and his pupils. The overall effect was utterly entrancing: Wood achieved that rare degree of poignancy peculiar to the resolutely unsentimental. [A] ravishing and invigorating little collection of songs.
Paul Conway, Tempo,01/01/2011 evocative reworking of three of his early songs.
John Rushby-Smith, Hereford Times,07/09/2010
Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk,01/09/2010
...this is the measure of Wood's skill.
Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk,01/09/2010
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