Visions of Waking Dreams Op 40

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"

Programme Note, further details of this work, and samples of pages of the music, are all available from the score

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  © Brian Noyes 2014