*CORONACH op.478 (February 1995)

Song for mezzo-soprano and string quartet
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Note on Lyrics: Anonymous 18th-century poem
Duration: 3 mins
Sheet Music Available
Piano / Vocal score for sale


The Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh wanted to commission a song-cycle for their Tercentenary celebrations in 1994 and we discussed several ideas for texts including Robert Louis Stevenson's 'A Child's Garden of Verses'. At first I discarded that idea and began researching early Scottish poetry, producing this called 'Coronach' (or 'Somebody'), a thinly-veiled lament for Bonnie Prince Charlie, and suggesting 'My Peggy'.

I presented them to the commissioners but they were far more interested in the RLS idea and inspired me to write 'The Land of Counterpane' instead.

Related Works

'*MY PEGGY' op.486 (September 1995)
A song for SSA and piano

Related Autobiography Chapters


[Back to top]