To Music – Canadian Song Cycles
A few Canadian composers became familiar with the European concept of song cycle through their studies in Leipzig or Paris during the late 19th century. Only in the 20th century, though, do substantial works in this form, a setting of poems by the same author that may relate a story, emerge. Among the previously unrecorded cycles chosen for this recording a variety of musical styles can be heard ranging from the romantic to neo-romantic, the atonal, the evocative or atmospheric, and using musical quotation as well as including references to minimalism and exoticism.
1-3. To Music
4-9. Love in a Life
EDWARD B. MANNING
16-18. Of Time and the World
19-26. Amour comme un oiseau captif
33-35. Three Poems from the Sanskrit