Publisher: Novello & Co
The Unicorns (1982)
commissioned by Solna Brass with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain
John Heath Stubbs
Novello & Co Ltd
Works for Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
See 'Wind & Brass' Section - brass band, arr. 1984/songs with piano - Three Songs from the Unicorns'
Perhaps the most haunting of his vocal works is the 1982 cycle The Unicorns written on commission to the Swedish mezzo Elisabeth Söderström and Solna Brass, and to a text by John Heath Stubbs. The unusual sonority of the instrumental part brought out the best of Dickinson the melodist: Lullaby is a minor modern classic, and the cycle is well represented in good quality recordings. A major non-orchestral work…is the impressive Mass of the Apocalypse, an outwardly un-English score which makes interesting use of piano and percussion in place of the more usual organ. Like Outcry, it is a work of considerable contemporary resonance and reinforces the utter absence of dilettantism in Dickinson’s work. He is an impressive figure who merits greater international recognition.
Brian Morton in Contemporary Composers, St James Press (1992)
Elisabeth Soderstrom, soprano/ Solna Brass/
Lars Gunner Björkland
The King's Singers, Solna Brass
Peter Dickinson (piano), Eric Parkin (piano), Rodney Slatford (double bass), Elisabeth Söderström (soprano)
The London Concert Choir/ City of London Sinfonia
Meriel Dickinson, mezzo-soprano