Ronald Corp

Conductor & Composer

Flower of Cities

circa 14′ 30″

Version for baritone and piano and

Version for tenor and piano.

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Listen to excerpts from the first six song sung by Mark Stone:

1    To the City of London (Dunbar)
2    To the distant prospect (Byron)
3    Sonnet Composed upon Westminster Bridge (Wordsworth)
4    London (Blake)
5    Glide gently (Wordsworth)
6    London is a fine Town (Henry Carey)
7    To the City of London – reprise (Dunbar)

Programme Notes

This cycle was commissioned in 2000 by the baritone David Morris, who gave performances of the songs in London and Dartington and subsequently commissioned a set of Wordsworth songs for baritone, clarinet and piano.

The cycle was first performed in 2000.  Songs 1, 3, 4 and 6 were sung by Mark Stone in 2007 as part of an all-Corp Wigmore Hall concert – he went on to record the entire cycle for his The Songs of Ronald Corp disc.

The poems chosen for this cycle present a panorama of London from across the centuries.  A modified reprise of the first song appears as a coda to the cycle.