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David Sawer: Food of Love

  • for actress and piano
  • Duration: 20’
  • Composer: David Sawer
  • Text author: Nick Dear
  • Commission: Commissioned by the Almeida Festival

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Work introduction

This piece for actress and piano is an experimental collaboration with the playwright, Nick Dear, creating a simple exploration with music of an original dramatic text.

As a foretaste of the work, the following quotation is given:


“The Miller and the Brook
The Brook:
And when love frees itself from grief 
A star, a new one, will shine in the heavens;
And three roses, half red, half white, 
That never will wither, will spring from the thorns.
And the angels will cut off their wings 
And every dawn descend down to earth.”

From Schubert’s songs cycle “Die Schöne Müllerin” D 795

Text by Wilhelm Müller

David Sawer

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