The Solitary Reaper (1995)
soprano and violin (or treble recorder/flute, or oboe, or piano) 5 mins
A setting of the Wordsworth poem, dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Maconchy; the lyrical portrayal of a maiden working in the fields, singing ‘as if her song could have no ending’ inspired the composer to write a delicately flowing setting of the words supported by a ‘never-ending’ instrumental ostinato.
`The revelation, when listening to this admirable CD, was the music of Alan Bullard. The Solitary Reaper is such a fascinating composition I found myself returning to it time and time again’ Steve Ford, Avant magazine
First performed by Lindsay Gowers (soprano) and Lesley Larkum (violin), Colchester 8 March 1995, and recorded on the CD New British Music Vol. 1 (same performers) FMR CD35-0996
Printed copies of the voice and piano version are available to order from Colne Edition in the UK at £4.95 per copy plus postage, delivery approximately two weeks.
Digital downloads / pdfs of all four versions (voice and violin, voice and piano, voice and oboe, and voice and treble recorder / flute) are available instantly in one file, worldwide, from Sheet Music Plus or Sheet Music Direct These sites also contain a recording with voice and violin.