Three Housman settings volume 1 for Mezzo Soprano and Piano was premiered in 2011 in New York and Manchester University UK by Emily (Howard) Cobley and Beth Levin. They are part of a series of settings of Housman poems by David now numbering Three Volumes with another four volumes in the planning stage.
The Three Settings are Into My Heart an Air that Kills, On the Idle Hills of Summer and Epitaph for a Army of Mercenaries.
“It is important to note that David songs, while rooted in the older art song tradition, make use of the sophisticated compositional techniques of the 20th and 21st centuries. David has an ability to make complicated melodic lines that hint but do not venture into atonality, sound simple and beautiful. He can use the accompaniment as a form of tone painting in a way that seems perfectly natural”.
Emily Cobley (Howard) Mezzo Soprano
Scores can be obtained from the Publishers website Modrana Music Publishers Ltd or can be purchased as a digital download from Sheet Music Plus.