A song-cycle
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Instrumentation: sop,pno
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Note on Lyrics: Poems by Judith Garrett
Duration: 12:21
First Performance: Wigmore Hall, November 2003, Patricia Rozario, Howard Blake
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A live recording of the performance by Patricia Rozario and Howard Blake at the Wigmore Hall in 2003 is available on request


Words by Judith Garrett

A Song Cycle – Opus 542 Nov 2003


This is the Delicate Time of Year – 4.21

I Wait Through the Daylight Hours – 4.02

The Dying Fall of Summers Music – 3.58


In 1971 Howard moved to Highbridge Mill in

Cuckfield, Mid Sussex.   In 1973 the internationally

famous mezzo-soprano.Helen Watts moved to

the cottage next to Highbridge Mill and she

encouraged Howard to write the song cycle.

 A first performance was given by her and the

composer in All Saints Church, Cuckfield on

5th October 1973..

This is a recording made at the Wigmore Hall,

 London on 19th November 2003 by Patricia

 Rozario, soprano with Howard Blake as pianist


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  • 1: This is the delicate time of the year 4 minutes 21 seconds
  • 2: I wait Through The Daylight Hours 4 minutes 02 seconds
  • 3: The Dying Fall Of Summers Music 3 minutes 58 seconds


‘’In 1971 Howard Blake left London and retreated to the Sussex countryside to ‘work again at the basic pillars of harmony and counterpoint, develop a technique and language  with little in common with the then current practice....a neoclassical idiom with a strong sense of music as a cultural adhesive, rebonding a society fractured by modernism and its discontents’’ (Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Composers). Throwing himself wholeheartedly into this new environment he produced a flow of musical works for performing organizations nearby,  for musical colleagues who visited him, or in the case of these songs, by setting work of local poet Judith Garrett and performing it with the distinguished mezzo-soprano, Helen Watts, also living nearby. The poetry of Judith Garrett was taken up in the 1990s by Harry Eyres, poetry editor of The Daily Express, and many of her poems were then published. They are intensely evocative of the Sussex landscape and its seasons

The original version of the songs  was composed for Helen Watts and therefore pitched for mezzo-soprano. However, in 2003 the soprano Patricia Rozario chose to perform them at a Wigmore Hall concert on the occasion of Howard’s 65th birthday with Howard himself as accompanist. The third song was transposed up a major third and certain changes made to the first two to make the cycle suitable for the soprano voice.



19th November 2003 Patricia Rozario (soprano), Howard Blake (piano), Wigmore Hall

Related Works

'*THREE SUSSEX SONGS' op.164 (May 1973)
A song-cycle for mezzo soprano and piano, composed for Helen Watts

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