La belle dame sans merci (1996) for soprano and ensemble
Text by Keats
Duration: c.5 minutes
O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms
This was commissioned for singer Mary Weigold's Song Book, an ongoing project for the Composers Ensemble, who have commissioned vocal settings from many British Composers for the collection.
The work is scored for Eb and Bb clarinets, viola, cello and bass. It is cast in twelve short sections forming an arch back to the opening.