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979-0-57036-791-7 La Leggiadra Luna – Vocal score Available at MusicRoom Buy now (£2.25)


Taken from the volume ‘Lirici Greci’, Plenilunio (Full Moon) is the Italian version of the poem by the Greek poetess Sappho translated by the Nobel prize-winning Sicilian poet Salvatore Quasimodo. The music begins with a song-like expression introduced at a slow pace, as if emerging from the remoteness of time itself. A variety of short segments, predominantly modal, but stemming from different chromatic ‘locations’, are often superimposed. The task of filtering out this 'amorphous' texture and giving its constituent elements - be they melodic or harmonic, or a combination of both - a renewed identity, becomes an essential compositional aim, through which the process of crystallisation occurs. The piece is dedicated to Robin Boyle on his 80th Birthday, in gratitude for his unwavering support, which has meant so much to me.


2 Soprano, 2 Alto, 2 Tenor, 2 Bass
Composition date


4 May 2019

St. Nicholas’ Church, Niguliste 3, Tallinn, Estonia 

Estonian Philharmonic Choir, cond. Kaspars Putniņš

30 May 2018

Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York

The 24, directed by Robert Hollingworth