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A Portrait of Christina Rossetti (Goblin Market)

for female actor and piano trio

Year:  1998   ·  Duration:  1h
Instrumentation:  violin, cello, piano

Year:  1998
Duration:  1h
Instrumentation  violin, cello, piano


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Commissioned note

Commissioned by Louis Jameson and the Trio Lavolta

Contents note

  1. Prelude
  2. Silence of love that cannot sing again
  3. Goblin Market
  4. One whistled like a bird
  5. And knew not was it night or day as she turned home alone
  6. Cheek to cheek and breast to breast, locked together in one nest
  7. As if her heart would break
  8. And for the first time in her life began to listen and look
  9. Pluck them and suck them, pomegranates, figs
  10. Its bounce was music to her ear
  11. She kissed and kissed her with a hungry mouth
  12. Chorale: Is it death or is it life?
  13. To strengthen whilst one stands

Text note

Words by Christina Rossetti

Performance history

09 Jan 1998: Performed by Louise Jameson (actor) and Trio Lavolta at Trinity Arts Centre Theatre in Turnbridge Wells, United Kingdom

24 Mar 2006: Performed by Rachel Nash (actor) and Baylis Trio (Sharon Baylis (violin), Christina Thompson (cello), John Broadbent (piano)) at Victoria Theatre, Devonport, Auckland

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