Lost Content

SATB choir and piano

2016

Duration

c. 7.5 minutes

Performances

Premiere:
Cardiff University Contemporary Music Group
Cardiff University Concert Hall

Program Note

Lost Content makes use of an A.E. Housman text taken from No. 40 of his famous cycle of poems, A Shropshire Lad (1896). Written before World War I, the words of Housman's poem are certainly prescient, and serve as both reflective and foreshadowing amidst such current international insecurity. The text also holds strong personal reverence, as its quotation in Dennis Potter's radio play Blue Remembered Hills (1979) made a lasting imprint on my perception of war during my childhood. The work began life as a very simple setting of the Houseman text but quickly developed into a far more immersive and, hopefully, rewarding choral experience for both performer and audience.

Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those?
That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went And cannot come again.