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Programme Notes

I’ve always loved the poems of Christina Rossetti and I Loved You First always resonated particularly strongly with me. Before the poem begins Rossetti quotes Petrarch: “Everything else, every thought goes out, and there only remains Love with you.”  The exploration of the powerful nature of love and passion in the poem that follows made it a text I just had to set to music. I will always believe that “You construed me and loved me for what might or might not be” is one of the romantic lines ever written - it was an utter joy to write and I loved creating an uplifting piece; a contrast to my usual more melancholic fare.
 
© Jessica Curry

I Loved You First: But Afterwards Your Love

Stationers' Hall (London, United Kingdom)

London Oriana Choir, Dominic Ellis-Peckham