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

The Snowman Ballet, The Snowman Stage Show and 'The Land of Counterpane' (1993)

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