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These two songs were originally the third and fourth movements of my choral cycle Ports of Call written in early 1992 for the Auckland choir 'Viva Voce'. When soprano Fiona Ferens approached me requesting a couple of songs for a recital I decided that re-workings of these pieces might prove suitable. The texts are both nineteenth century English ones, and the musical style is deliberately 'mock Victorian', even down to a passing hint of a well-known song from that era. The first song tells of the plight of being in Rotterdam while your loved one is still in England, whereas the second one presents the attitude of the foreigner in pre-twentieth century Japan.
2: When I First Came to Live in Japan
Texts by Thomas Hood and Osman Edwards