Words by Robertson Fox. Soprano, Flute, Piano.
A commission for the C21 festival in 2001, where after a few problems finalising the soprano soloist, I sang it myself an octave down. A studio recording was made soon after, featuring Michele Morgan (soprano), Geoff Collins (flute) and Andrew Robbie (piano). Robertson Fox had been kind enough to share his poem First of Winter earlier that year, and I was so moved by the work I knew I had to set it to music. I explored modal motifs for joy and sadness that I had first explored in God Child, combined with simple harmonic language inspired by Philip Glass.