Come Away James Weeks

Come Away cover
Text/libretto by
Song of Songs (French)
Duration
12 mins
Composed
2008
Published
2014
Categories

Voice, accompanied Voice(s) & 1-3 Instruments

Instrumentation
1 Soprano, 1 Piano, 1 Violin, 1 Violoncello

Purchasing options

Performing score ISMN 57036-567-8 £7.95
Parts ISMN 57036-568-5 £29.95

soprano, piano, violin and cello

Programme note

Come Away continues my abiding interest in paring down to musical fundamentals in search of strength and clarity of expression. The four performers articulate a sparse patchwork of quite simple, repetitive figurations. The singer sings, in French, words from the Song of Songs (‘Rise up, my love, and come away; for lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth’ etc). Come Away describes a tentatively budding new life and love.

Come Away was written for Kürbis Ensemble and first performed by them at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, February 2008.

Premiere
Kürbis Ensemble (Juliet Fraser soprano, Sophie Appleton violin, Ken Ichinose cello, James Weeks piano), Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, 10 February 2008