two fragments: two short love songs after sappho

(2016) 

for solo baritone and piano

6'

written for the occasion of John Hugh Thomas' 80th birthday

first performance

Adam Jarman (baritone) and Simon Watterton (piano) on 23 May 2018 at the Picture Gallery of Royal Holloway, University of London 

text

Love holds me captive again and I tremble with bittersweet longing As a gale on the mountainside bends the oak tree I am rocked by my love

Sappho