Songs of Desire

Charles Norman Mason

Year

2002


Duration

38'


Instrumentation

mezzo-soprano - saxophone (2), percussion, electric guitar


Genre

Chamber Music


Commission

West Wind Ensemble (Anne Lavandier, Frederic Massas, Francis Lecointe, Alain Michel Riou)


Premiere

Orleans, France, October 2002


Source

composer homepage;


Details

"The Desire of the Artist in one sense is a song cycle consisting of seventeen songs. However, it is not meant to be presented as seventeen separate songs but as a continuous vocal piece. The songs follow an order related to the title of the piece. The primary musical theme that appears in various guises throughout the work is most fully exposed in the D. H. Lawrence song, Prophet for the reason that this song is central to the work, both in terms of when it occurs and by the fact that its text is the most direct in its expression of the idea of the entire piece."
- Charles Norman Mason (from: composer homepage)