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The Secret

for mezzo-soprano and piano

Year:  2023   ·  Duration:  3m 45s

Year:  2023
Duration:  3m 45s

Peter Adams

Composer:   Peter Adams

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Peter Adams introduces 'The...

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Peter Adams: The Secret — V...

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'The Secret’ is one of the poems in Katherine Mansfield’s collection of poems written from 1911-1913. It speaks of a ‘rainbow shell’ to be found in ‘the profoundest ocean’ and this colourful shell has always been there silently singing whether the water is stormy or quiet. Peter Adams’s music has gentle ripples of upward semiquavers in the piano in a simple setting where the piano symbolizes the water and the voice ‘sings’. The rippling semiquaver figure is turned upside down in a section in 7/8 time where the music gains a little momentum before ending as it began in simle timeless modality.

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Commissioned for ‘Child of the Sun’ — A Celebration of Katherine Mansfield in Song

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Text by Katherine Mansfield