For unaccompanied Mezzo-Soprano
I wrote My Love is Mine as a wedding-present for Elizabeth Gorla and Rick Allen. Elizabeth and Rick were married in January 1998, in a Quaker meeting-house which, naturally, had no piano or organ. So I wrote an unaccompanied setting of this text from the Song of Songs, in Miles Coverdale’s translation. I asked Nuala Willis, my friend and collaborator for many years, to sing it at the wedding, because she also had a connection with Elizabeth: three years earlier, Elizabeth had directed Nuala as Mother Fen, a role I wrote for her in a community opera called In Search of Angels.
Text: The Song of Songs
First performance: 3rd January 1998, Nuala Willis.