Samuel, Rhian: A Swift Radiant Morning. Baritone and piano
Five songs for baritone and piano to texts by Charles Hamilton Sorley
In her song-set for baritone and piano A Swift Radiant Morning, Rhian Samuel, a noted contemporary composer of English song, has created a portrait in words and music of the young poet Charles Hamilton Sorley (1895-1915). Robert Graves described Sorley’s death – at the Battle of Loos – as among the three most significant amongst poets in the First World War (the others being Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenberg). The five songs are ‘Rooks’, ‘The Sounds of War’, ‘The Signpost’, ‘In Memoriam’, and ‘Earth’s King’. The composer offers in the last song a celebration of Sorley’s life, and a testament to his enduring legacy. A Swift Radiant Morning was commissioned by the Three Choirs Festival, Hereford, 2015, for a first performance by Roderick Williams, baritone, and Susie Allan, piano, at Holy Trinity Church, Hereford, on 25 July 2015.
2 The Sounds of War
3 The Signpost
4 In Memoriam
5 Earth’s King