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Somerset Scenes mvt.1 (Poem I) - by Martin Stacey

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Published on Jul 30, 2015

Somerset Scenes is a nostalgic suite based upon childhood memories of the countryside around Nether Stowey and Stogursey. The three poems that frame this composition are purely descriptive and convey the influence of landscape upon the emotions. In contrast, two dance movements represent the more spiritual aspects of nature; acknowledging the ever-presence of all living creatures and the earth itself which supports us. The clock chimes of St. Andrew's church in Stogursey are used at the end of Poem III, concluding the suite with a sense of tangible reality that is only hinted at in other movements.

(Martin Stacey, London 2004)

This recording features Farran Scott (violin) with Martin Stacey (organ) at the 1883 Henry Willis organ in St Dominic's Priory, London.


POEM I

"The path that winds between the plains
On either side appear to dance
In shades of green the fruit of grains
That Spring had sown to so enhance
And warm beneath the heights of blue
Ever increasing miles of land,
From hills behind and forward to
The sea beyond the silver sand."

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