THE DARKLING THRUSH
for: SATB divisi
duration: 5 minutes
The Darkling Thrush is a setting of Thomas Hardy’s poem of the same name, and was composed in August 2018. Hardy’s poem is itself already full of music, with mentions of ‘ecstatic sound’, ‘broken lyres’, ‘carolling’, and even a ‘full-hearted evensong’; my job was simply to find the music already present in the poem and tease it out. This work was commissioned by Ms Alpha Hopkins, on the occasion of her daughter’s 18th birthday.
13 pages, full score
Score samples below (click to zoom):