SONG CYCLE (2010-11)
for viola and piano
first performed June 20th 2011, St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney
by James Wannan and Jack Symonds
IV. Liebeslied für Schumann
V. Chanson d’amour pour Fauré
This piece is a détente with Romanticism; a way of dealing with and assimilating favourite songs both German and French that seem to invite re-composition and re-examination through the medium of instrumental song. Each of its nine movements takes a different path through this process- the progression of the processes and thematic treatment being the ‘cyclical’ element rather than any narrative meta-structure.
It is dedicated to James Wannan with the greatest thanks and admiration.