Need for Speech Thomas Simaku

Text/libretto by
Ursula Vaughan Williams
Duration
6 mins
Composed
2010
Published
2010
Categories

Voice, accompanied Voice & Piano

Instrumentation
1 Soprano, 1 Piano

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soprano and piano

Programme note

Issues of time and indeed place are addressed in yet more elusive ways in the music of Simaku. His style is often described as a polyphony of evocations, where ancient and modern aspects of utterance, musical or otherwise, interconnect and complement each other. The imaginary folk resonances that are apparent in his song 'Need for Speech' may not necessarily invoke a particular place, but his radiant take on lyricism and dramatic modernist language push the boundaries of his song's stylistic context beyond Britain's shores. The text articulates how the urge to express oneself in writing comes from suffering and that the experience and memory of life is intensified through the writing process. Simaku's treatment of vocal colour and piano sonority vividly conveys this idea of experiential expansion and intensification, and the music brings a universal resonance to the text. (Lee Tsang, 2010)

Premiere
Beverley Minster, 15th April 2010
Performances
  • 16 Apr 2010 |

    Middleton Hall, University of Hull

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    Ursula Vaughan Williams Project

  • 15 Apr 2010 |

    Beverley Minster, Beverley

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    Ursula Vaughan Williams Project

  • 1 Jan 2010 |

    Middleton Hall, University of Hull

    |

    Ursula Vaughan Williams Project

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