Blaze of the Rose Tree


for tenor, flute, viola and harp

Composition Date: 2011

Duration: 15'

Instrumentation: T, Fl, Vla, Hp

Information:

Commissioned on the 20th July 2009 by Stephan Nawrocki, for Alison Nicholls.

Programme Note:

BLAZE OF THE ROSE-TREE

for tenor, flute, viola and harp

Sally Beamish

2011

Commissioned on the 20th July 2009 by Stephan Nawrocki, for Alison Nicholls

BLAZE OF THE ROSE-TREE

1. Blaze of the Rose-Tree

2. Metaphysics

3. Love Haiku

4. I Love You in this Way

1. Blaze of the Rose-Tree

(Love Sonnet LXIX)

Pablo Neruda /trans.Stephen Tapscott

Perhaps not to be is to be without your being,

without your going, that cuts noon light

like a blue flower, without your passing

later through fog and stones,

without the torch you lift in your hand

that others may not see as golden,

that perhaps no one believed blossomed

the glowing origin of the rose,

without, in the end, your being, your coming

suddenly, inspiringly, to know my life,

blaze of the rose-tree, wheat of the breeze:

and it follows that I am, because you are:

it follows from ‘you are’, that I am, and we:

and, because of love, you will, I will,

We will, come to be.

2. Metaphysics

Tessa Ransford

This birth is a planetary affair

since nothing worldly is a fraction worth

this present incarnation upon earth

and into our safe-keeping now and here.

His mother, weakened by her valiant strength

in labour, now shall never lose or lack

the love he needs; his cries, his very breath

of steady life her food, as she gives suck.

Weak is with strong alternately translated

from love to love in love by love created.