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Who Wrote the Book of Love?

By Jonathan Dove

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Baritone & String Quartet
Composed by Jonathan Dove. Voice & Piano. Vocal Score. 56 pages. Edition Peters #EP72504. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP72504).

Item Number: PE.EP72504

232 x 303mm inches. English.

Written to celebrate a friend’s birthday, Who Wrote the Book of Love? is a thirty-minute song cycle for bass-baritone and string quartet.  By turns elegiac, enigmatic, sardonic and passionate, the seventeen lyrics by Alasdair MIddleton explore love in a sequence of different poetic modes.  The titles of each – Greek Love, Persian Love, Gallant Love, Cold Love, Gypsy Love – are echoed in a prismatic array of musical colours.

This is Dove’s second work for the remarkable Canadian bass-baritone Philippe Sly, for whom he wrote Three Tennyson Songs.

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