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Filey Brigg
For soprano voice and keyboard


Yesterday I walked to the end of Filey Brigg
The sea was brown to landward blue to seaward
The tide was coming in as I reached the end
The two seas sloshed at each other across the limestone slabs
 
Yesterday I walked on a long curving stretch of beach
The sand was almost dry under my walking boots
The tide had left a golden arc for kite-running children
The sea was a patchwork of shadows flecked white in the wind
 
Yesterday I sat in the sun and briefly sketched
The sky was a vast armada of clouds sailing the troposphere
The sun primed their canvas sails every shade of white
The wind rose and fell in waves of moor-scented air   
 
Yesterday I brought my lover here through time and space
The woldland was every green in Hockney's paint box
The trees stood in distant lines still waiting for their leaves
The breeze ruffled her delicate hair kissed her freckled cheek


This is the first of three North Yorkshire Songs written for the jazz singer Lauren Kinsella and keyboardist Matt Robinson. It joins the cycle Origami Letters as a body of song composition  that may be extended by improvisation and re-arrangement. All perfomance instructions are to be considered as starting points, no more.

Downloads
Filey Brigg score [pdf]
Filey Brigg reference recording [mp3]

 


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