for mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, and baritone(2018)
|Text information||Lyrics by Michael McGlynn|
|Commission||Commissioned by Louth Contemporary Music Society in Ireland|
|Premiere||June 22, 2018; The Book of Hours Festival in Dundalk, Ireland; Gothic Voices|
|Technical requirements||4 scores are required for performance.|
Gothic Voices: Catherine King, mezzo-soprano; Steven Harrold, tenor; Julian Podger, tenor; Stephen Charlesworth, baritone
Sleep Deeply was inspired by the lyrics written by Michael McGlynn, composer and Artistic Director of the Irish vocal ensemble Anúna, whom I have long admired. McGlynn originally wrote the lyrics in the Irish language, Codhlaím Go Súan, based on a medieval Irish poetry that adds mystique to the setting. The text explores the circular nature of life. The refrain phrase, I sleep softly in your heart my Christ, is sung as a lullaby and it illuminates devotion and love for God.
– Karen Tanaka