Unleash the beauty
Mixed choir (SATB) or upper voice choir (SSSAAA)
Text by Sappho; Greek lyric poet, born on the island of Lesbos (c.620-c.570 BC). Translation copyright Alexander Campkin
Commissioned by The Fourth Choir www.thefourthchoir.com, conducted by Dominic Peckham
The text by Sappho contains so much energy, drive and emotion, which made it an excellent choice to set to music. Whilst we have no record of how Sappho set her texts to music on the Greek island of Lesbos in 600BC, I feel fortunate that we at least have record of these inspiring words. I have reinterpreted this text in a contemporary choral idiom which I feel has the power to move listeners today. This piece explores a range of vocal and colouristic effects to reflect the energy, beauty and passion within this text. I contrast fast lines with lyrical duets in the upper voices, as I create expansive soundworlds by combining singing alongside effects such as whistling and chord clusters.