*THREE SUSSEX SONGS op.164 (May 1973)

A song-cycle for mezzo soprano and piano, composed for Helen Watts
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Commissioned by: Helen Watts
Instrumentation: voice and piano
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Note on Lyrics: poems by Judith Garrett
Duration: 13 mins
First Performance: Helen Watts and the composer in a charity concert in Cuckfield Church, October 5th 1973.
Sheet Music Available
Piano / Vocal score for sale
Arranged at higher pitch See op.542
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  • 1: This is the delicate time of the year
  • 2: I wait through the daylight hours
  • 3: The dying fall of summer's music


Howard moved to Highbridge Mill near Cuckfield in Mid-Sussex in 1971. The violin-maker Gilbert Garrett lived in the village and his wife Judith wrote poetry, some of which Howard set in these songs. In 1973 the internationally-famous mezzo-soprano Helen Watts had moved to the cottage next to Highbridge Mill and she encouraged him to write the song-cycle for her to perform.

A re-arrangement was made for Patricia Rozario in a higher key November 2003 (see 542)


5th October 1973 Helen Watts and the composer, Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield, Sussex

Performed as part of a song recital given by Helen Watts and Howard Blake to raise funds for the repairs to the church steeple

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'THREE SUSSEX SONGS (ARRANGED FOR SOPRANO AND PIANO)' op.542 (November 2003) (Audio Sample Available)
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