100 Second Song

January 2020: I am working on a short song for soprano Anna Snow and pianist Kate Ledger.

The song (as yet untitled) is part of the ‘100 Second Song Project’ devised by composer David Power. It premieres at York Late Music on 4th April 2020. I draw on materials from Chopin’s Berceuse and Robert Macfarlane’s book The Old Ways, in particular the final section that is a recreation of the last months in the life of the English poet, Edward Thomas. Both singer and pianist are presented with the music in grid form (10 x 10 with each cell a second long), allowing it to be realised in multiple directions.

Author: Tom Armstrong

Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Surrey, Guildford UK. Freelance composer.

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