The Persistent Reality of Illusion Part III (The 'John Clare' trilogy).
Tenor Voice, Solo Viola, and large symphony orchestra Op 40
Instrumentation: Picc/2/2/Cor/2/2/4/2/3//Perc(5)/Timp/Harp/Solo Viola/Tenor Voice/Strings
Duration: 32 minutes
Date of Composition: 2015
Clare in a portico of All Saints Church, Northampton.
The music references several of Clare's poems and writings, but is essentially a lament for the poet living out his life at Northampton General Lunatic Asylum.
" I see nobody, I hear nothing"
"Poetry? Ah, yes, I once had something to do with poetry"
"I am, but what I am, none cares or knows"
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