This is the Morning
Aubade for cello and pianoforces: Violoncello, Piano
duration: Ca 9'00"
published by: Composer
This short work was commissioned privately for a talented amateur ‘cellist on the occasion of her eighteenth birthday. It takes its title from a touching short poem by the late Dublin poet, Michael Hartnett, the whole of which appears as a superscription in the score. The poem speaks of a dawn that ‘…comes up in birds and sounds of the city’, and the music seeks to respond to this with an initial quality of wistful detachment. It is in a broadly ternary form, with a rhapsodic slow opening section leading to a brief central scherzando. The returning slower music continues to expand in texture and emotional involvement before eventually subsiding into a hushed reprise of the piano solo with which the piece began,, this time rounded off by a valedictory statement from the ‘cello marked sognando [dreaming].