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Beyond the Dark Gate

My song setting for soprano and piano ‘The Dark Gate’ is based around five poems by David Vogel. First performed in York (5th August 2017 by Peyee Chen and Kate Ledger) the work draws its title from Vogel’s only collection of poetry to be published during his lifetime; ominously it could also refer to the image of the gatehouse at Auschwitz-Birkenau where Vogel met his death in 1944. The songs are sung continuously, without a break, although the contrasts between the songs are quite extreme, from the dry, mechanistic opening (‘On Summer Evenings’) to the lyrical central song (‘An Autumn Day will Breathe), via the anguished second song (‘How Can I See You Love’). The fourth song (‘With Ge

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