Samuel, Rhian: Spring Diary. Baritone and Piano
Five songs to poems by Anne Stevenson
1. Arrival Dream
2. Snow Squalls
3. It Happens
4. East Wind
5. A Clearer Memory
The contrasting aspects of nature are a major theme in the work of Rhian Samuel, and in her song cycle Spring Diary for baritone and piano she responds passionately to its vernal magic.
Beginning in dream and ending in memory, the five movements of the collection are a dramatic response to the turning season in Wales, conveyed through the fine detail of its characteristic weather and landscape as observed by the poet Anne Stevenson.
Premiered at London’s City University, Spring Diary is excellent material for graduate singers and pianists, who will draw inspiration from its vivid and assured word-setting and substantial and evocative keyboard part.