TRUE PLAIN HEARTS for String Orchestra and Tenor
1. A Valediction: of Weeping
2. A Jet Ring Sent
3. The Computation
4. The Flea
5. Good Morrow
INSTRUMENTATION: String Orchestra and Tenor
28 September 2019, Cheadle Hulme
Amaretti Chamber Orchestra with Tim Kennedy
NOTES: True Plain Hearts is based on poetry by John Donne on the theme of love and relationships, from the grief of separation, a broken romance, an expectant seduction to the intensity of true love.
The first poem, A Valediction: of Weeping, expresses the grief of separation felt by the lovers on parting. In A Jet Ring Sent, the woman has returned a jet ring that the poet once gave to her: he muses on it as a token of their broken romance. The Computation describes the bewildering, interminable pain of separation felt by the poet. In The Flea, the poet uses imagery of a flea to seduce his would-be lover. The final poem, Good Morrow, expresses the intensity of true love.