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The song cycle Sure on this Shining Night (Night Songs II) was written for baritone Lin Chung Guang. The cycle is a companion to the earlier Night Songs. Both cycles explore aspects and images of the night. This song is the fifth song in the cycle.
From the beginning I knew I wanted to set Dylan Thomas's famous poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night as the centrepiece of the cycle. Arranged around that are texts which complement it, allowing an alternation of faster and slower movements. The title of the cycle comes from James Agee's poem Sure on this Shining Night which has been set by several American composers.
Written for and dedicated to Lin Chung Guang