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Samuel, Rhian: The Shape of Trees (PRINTED VERSION)


This PRINTED version is available to purchase as a regular sheet music title for delivery by post.


The Shape of Trees was commissioned as the final piece in the BBC Singers’ project, ‘Seven Ages of Woman’, 2020; it sets a poem by Anne Stevenson about the fact that, in winter, when trees such as willows, beeches and birches have lost their leaves (‘their confusing eloquence of green’), their distinguishing shapes become more identifiable. As always with Anne Stevenson’s work, apparently neutral observations conceal considerable poignancy and this is
reflected in the composer’s setting.


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