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Pause

by Anthony Ritchie, for soprano and piano, Opus 137c

A setting of a poem by Ursula Bethell celebrating gardening and delving into life's mysteries.

Programme Note

This song was commissioned by Otago Heritage Books to honour, in her 70th year, Judy Cox's irreplaceable contribution to thirty years of successful regional publishing. The words are from the poem 'Pause' written by a fellow gardener, Mary Ursula Bethell, and included in her first collection of poems, From a Garden in the Antipodes, published in 1929.

It was sung by Rosemary Tarbotton, with the composer at the piano, on July 12, 2008.