AUD….   A BEAUTIFUL AND TOUCHING SONG CYCLE SETTING OF POEMS BY TENNYSON FROM HIS 1855 DRAMATIC POEM.

A song cycle                  by Sir Arthur Somervell
From the poem           by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Adapted
&    performed               by Richard Parry

RICHARD PARRY RE-CREATES THIS ROLLERCOASTER DRAMATIC CLASSIC, AND IN CHAMPIONING THIS NEGLECTED & DELICATE 19TH CENTURY MUSIC  BRINGS TO THE STAGE TENNYSON’S TRAGIC ROMANTIC HERO

“THEIR EYES MEET AND NOTHING IS EVER THE SAME AGAIN”

The Groves Dictionary of Music says of Somervell’s Maud
cycle: “The Maud cycle takes a place among the classics of English song for the complete unity of feeling existing
between poetry and music…Somervell’s art is always
economical of means, direct and unaffected...it has
suffered a neglect which is reflection on the superficiality
or fickleness of public taste rather than a criticism of its
musical quality.

WHO WAS ARTHUR SOMERVELL?

A composition pupil of Sir Charles Stanford Sir Hubert Parry,
Somervell taught at the Royal College of Music forging a

distinguished career in music education. As well as the Maud song cycle, Somervell made the first setting of Houseman’s A Shropshire Lad. Sir Arthur Somervell’s vocal compositions are some of the best English song ever written, yet they have been lost for a generation. Now they are back – Maud is the English Dichterliebe.

HOW CAN THIS LATE VICTORIAN
MUSIC HAVE BEEN LOST?

These songs were some of the most celebrated vocal musical of their day. But in the 1960's there was a big reaction against Victorian and Edwardian music. These songs simply went out of fashion.

Poet Laureate Tennyson called Maud his “little Hamlet”. This late romantic poem tumbles through mid-century Victorian Britain in a desperate search for love and identity. It was the work that moved him most.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND BOOKINGS

For enquiries about Maud or the dramatic song recitals An Act of Piracy (classic British sea songs in a swashbuckling dramatic adventure) or Poet’s Love – Postcards from Robert Schumann (a musical lecture/recital with a performance of Schumann’s Dichterliebe), please contact:

Email: dramaticsongrecital@live.co.uk
Mobile: 07974 39 7771

Romantic love, forbidden courtship, a capitalist economy in crisis, social division, emotional instability and the struggle for a just society…. Tennyson’s Maud rings with the issues of 1853 and is remarkably prescient today.

Award winning performer, baritone Richard Parry gives an electric performance of these songs and Tennyson’s verse in a unique dramatic song recital.

" An excellent presentation of the Maud Cycle.  Wonderful musicality, dramatic atmosphere and a voice of beauty.  The recital was extremely well received and would grace any recital venue.  I warmly recommend Richard Parry’s performance of Maud " - Sheffield Music Club

Praise for Richard Parry’s dramatic song recital An Act of Piracy:

"It’s a brilliant entertainment.  Engaging, diverting and very well performed”
Wyn Davies, Music director, New Zealand Opera

Poet Laureate Tennyson called Maud his “little Hamlet”.  His high romantic poem tumbles through mid-century Victorian Britain in a desperate search for love and identity.  It was the work that moved him most

BARITONE RICHARD PARRY worked in theatre before turning to classical singing. Richard studied voice privately with Mark Wildman (Head of Voice at the Royal Academy of Music) and has gone on to sing in concert recital and opera, broadcasting for the BBC and performing with Clonter Opera, English Bach Festival, Jigsaw Opera, British Youth Opera and Opera North, creating the new dramatic song recital shows An Act of Piracy, Maud and Poet's Love – Postcards from Robert Schumann. Song in a polished accessible form. Richard’s stage work has won him the British Gas Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Festival, a London Fringe Theatre Award and London Time Out Award for Best Comedy.

View across Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight by Richard Burchett (1855) V&A Museum

Tennyson wrote the poem Maud on the Isle of Wight in 1854/55