Daily Archives: April 4, 2013

What I’ve been singing this week: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal (Quilter)


This is ‘Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal’ by Roger Quilter. The compositions of Quilter (1877-1953) are fast becoming favourites of mine. He is best known for his art songs and wrote more than a hundred; and was an influence on composers such as Peter Warlock. Much of his work is melancholic, which may have been a result of his disposition. His health was too fragile for him to enlist in the First World War and after the death of a nephew during World War II, he apparently descended into severe mental illness. He died a few days after his 75th birthday. Continue reading

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Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Story Challenge:


Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction: The Tree
A tree befriended me. It was a few years after World War II. We’d been allocated housing in a new estate. At our final meeting, I’d (at 11) just posted-off my first short story, about a girl befriended by a tree. Continue reading

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