The Land Sleeps

Composer Nicola Lefanu, Text Penguin Book of Japanese Verse

The Land sleeps
The hill asleep
At its feet the sea asleep
Through forlorn winter
I journey on.

This song is from my 1981 song-cycle A Penny for a Song. The text comes from the Penguin Book of Japanese Verse.

The song is a re-imagining of Chopin’s Prelude for piano, op28 no1. I adapted the poem so as also to acknowledge a debt to Winterreise.