Out of the Shadows

Sunday, 1 May 2022

A list of my songs

Robert Hugill: For David on his Birthday

I love lists of things (though I am very bad at keeping the lists up to date). The other day I was tidying my music cabinet and came across my settings of Michelangelo's sonnets, in translations by J.A.Symonds, and I wondered whether I had actually finished the songs. 

This led me to looking at all the songs and song cycles that I had produced. Some were written for specific events or people, whereas others were simply ideas that came to fruition (or didn't).  Below, I have listed all of the songs and song cycles that I am happy to be let out of their confinement in my music cabinet. If anyone is interested further, I am always happy to provide details.

Song Cycles
  • Songs of Love and Loss: Song Cycle for mezzo-soprano, clarinet and piano
    • Words by Lord Alfred Douglas, Helen Waddell, Robert Hugill and M.V. Lively
  • Let this Harvest pass, O Love
    • Twelve duets for alto and guitar, words by Carl Cook
  • Quickening (1998) Song cycle to poems by Christina Rosetti
    • Soprano, violin and piano (or mezzo-soprano, viola and piano)
  • For David, on his birthday (2004) Seven songs setting poems by Carl Cook from 'Postscripts'
    • Tenor (or Baritone) & Piano
    • For David, on his birthday VII was a finalist in the English Poetry and Song Society's Diamond Songs competition
  • Love Remembered (2007) Song cycle for tenor and piano to poems by Constantine Cavafy
  • Four Songs to Texts by Ivor Gurney (2007), Baritone & Piano
    • To his love came 3rd in the 2007 Ivor Gurney Competition organised by the English Poetry and Song Society
  • Four Songs to Texts by A.E. Housman (2008) Tenor & Piano (version for baritone)
    • He looked at me came 3rd in the 2008 A.E. Housman Competition organised by the English Poetry and Song Society
  • Farewell Love (2011) Five songs to poems by Sir Thomas Wyatt
    • Tenor (or Baritone) & Piano (version for baritone)
  • He Wishes (2012) Four songs to poems by W.B. Yeats
  • Winter Journey (2012) Song cycle setting Rowan Williams' "Winterreise: for Gillian Rose, 9 December 1995"
    • Tenor (or Baritone) & Piano
  • Gitanjali (2014) Three songs to texts by Rabindranath Tagore for Soprano & Piano
  • Love's Lordship (2015) Four sonnets by Michelangelo Buonarroti, translated by J.A. Symonds
    • Tenor (or Baritone or Soprano) & Piano
  • Voyages (2015) Four songs for baritone and piano to poems by Hart Crane
Single Songs
  • To His Coy Mistress (1997), Text: Andrew Marvell, Alto & Piano
  • Kiss Thou, this Rose (2007), Text: Helen Waddell. Soprano & Piano
  • The Sleep (2012), Text: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Soprano & Piano
  • The Strand (2014), Text: Louis MacNeice,Medium voice & Piano
  • When Summer's end is nighing (2016), Text: A.E. Housman, Baritone & Piano
  • Fancy's Knell (2017), Text: A.E. Housman, Baritone & Piano

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