Poem of the Air

forces: Piano
duration: 4'00"
published by: Composer

Programme Note

Poem of the Air  was written at the request of the pianist Duncan Honeybourne, for inclusion in a recording entitled Contemporary Piano Soundbites (subtitled ‘Composers in Lockdown’). Duncan’s magnanimous project was conceived in aid of the Help Musicians UK Coronavirus Hardship Fund, and involved his inviting over twenty composers to write brief miniatures for piano solo. The recording on the Prima Facie label is being supplemented by a series of recitals promoting the collection of pieces in different parts of the UK. Details can be read on the Prima Facie website, here:


Poem of the Air takes its title from the following verse at the top of the score:


This is the poem of the air,

Slowly in silent syllables recorded;

This is the secret of despair,

Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded;

Now whispered and revealed

To wood and field.


[From the short poem Snow-Flakes, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.]


The score may yet be included in an anthology of the Contemporary Soundbites pieces. In the event that this does not come to fruition, it will be published on its own by Composers Edition. For the time being, please direct any enquiries to the Contact page of this website.

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