Hall, Alex: Lullaby for Matthew (PRINTED VERSION)
This PRINTED version is available to purchase as a regular sheet music title for delivery by post.
Suitable to be sung as an Evensong anthem, this is a very simple and practical setting for keyboard and voice – which might be a solo soprano or treble, or unison – of a Victorian children’s hymn that can still be found in numerous contemporary collections. Its flowing, unforced melody is an ideal counterpart to Sabine Baring-Gould’s words which, like the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses, owe their enduring appeal to the sincere expression of a youthful innocence that rings no less true to the sensibility of adults. The Lullaby was written to celebrate the birth of the composer’s godson, at the request of his grandparents.
Here is a 30 second audio clip: “Hall: Lullaby for Matthew (mp3)” (Sung by Emma Doherty. Reproduced by kind permission.)