Scotland at Night
six poems specially written by Alexander McCall Smith, set for SATB
"Cunningham's music is truly collaborative, adorning McCall Smith's pithy
imagery with a complementary dimension that is as enhancing as it is
", Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman
, July 2009.
perfected his electric light bulb, he must have had little idea of the
consequences. Some of these have been of great benefit to humanity; others have
not. Night as a time of quiet and dark has been replaced by night as a time of
work and activity. Artificial light has also largely cut us off from the
heavens, as light pollution floods the world and obliterates the stars from
view. Imagine a world without darkness – what a prison it would be.
Here and there,
though, the magic of night persists, and we glimpse a world that is subtly
different from the world of day. In these poems an attempt is made to reveal
some of that other Scotland – the Scotland that begins at dusk.
Alexander McCall Smith, August 2007
This set of six poems was
written for Cappella Nova who gave the first performances on 21-22 December 2007 in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Scotland at Night was chosen by Art
Collector as one of its 10 new Classics of
Contemporary Art Music from around the world that deserve to stand alongside the great masterpieces of
the past as 'classics' of art music.
songs are published and sold by Goodmusic/Roberton. You can see the whole score and hear it played on your computer on their
website. A recording by Laudibus is available on Delphian
Listen to these short excerpts:
at Night - Dusk
at Night - Ceilidh
Scotland at Night - Simmer Dim in
Scotland at Night - Lullaby
If you have Spotify, you can listen to the whole CD here.