*TU ES LE GISANT op.469 (September 1994)

A setting of a poem for soprano and organ
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Note on Lyrics: Poem by Isabelle Deschamps
Duration: 2 mins
First Performance: Composed on a harmonium in the private chapel of Chateau de la Roche, Lozere, France, Autumn 1984

Sheet Music Available
Organ / vocal score for sale


18th May 2019 Isabelle Le Moulec Deschamps (soprano) Marie Pascal Talbot (piano), Chateau Gouvix,nr.Lisieux,Normandie,France

Performed In an informal musical soiree at the home of Jean-Claude Deschamps, a lifelong friend of Howard's whose daughter Isabelle is author of the poem 'Tu es le gisant'

12th June 2015 Danae Eleni soprano, Jonathan Dods,organ (First London performance), St Michael and All Angels Church Bedford Park,London. 12.30pm

Composer's note: In Summer 1994 I was staying in a beautiful little turreted chateau in Lozere with my friends the Deschamps, whose daughter Isabelle is a poet. In the grounds I came across a tiny ancient chapel with a tiny harmonium and a stone carving of a mediaeval ancestor - un gisant. I asked Isabelle about it and she told me she had written a poem about it. I went back to the chapel where I composed this setting of the poem as a song for soprano and harmonium. It was not performed until 2015 when Danae asked about it and gave a first performance in Berlin.

4th April 2014 Danae Eleni soprano, Sam Baker organ, Gedaechtniskirche Berlin

First performance

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