The First Book of Madrigals – Music by Gavin Bryars, for unaccompanied male voices (2000)
Gavin commissioned thirteen poems from Blake to be set to music – they were first sung by the Hilliard Ensemble in Finland in December 2000. Eleven of them subsequently appeared, along with others, in Blake’s sequence ‘Madrigalia’, in the Selected Poems . Two others, Web and Against Dieting have not been collected.
Note on First Book of Madrigals from Gavin Bryars’ website
The texts are Blake Morrison’s poems.
- Almond Tree
- Just As The Ash-Glow`
- Within Minutes
- Our Bodies In The Shower
- She’d Buy Things
- All The Homely Arts And Crafts
- In April
- Who’s The More To Blame
- The Print Of Soles
- My Pomegranate
- Against Dieting