How Do I Love Thee?
Written for the soprano Kerry Firth, this piece is a setting of the famous sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who wrote it while in courtship with her future husband, the poet Robert Browning.
The music has a central theme which is referred to several times in the piece, and the stability of the harmony changes as the song progresses. On the repeated utterances of "I love thee", the harmony moves into many different key centres, before reaching a climax at "I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life".
Duration: Circa 4 Minutes