Man Who Has Come Through: A Song Cycle, Burgess's setting (for tenor and chamber ensemble) of four poems by D. H. Lawrence titled "End of Another Home Holiday", "Song of a Man Who Has Come Through", "Snake" and "Bavarian Gentians".

Scope and Content

With optional Prelude (or Postlude).

The original score - of which this is a photocopy - is handwritten by Burgess. Burgess annotated the original score to indicate the completion date of each setting: 19 March 1984, 24 March 1984, 7 April 1984, and 8 April 1984.

The setting is for flute, oboe, cello, piano and tenor.

Administrative / Biographical History

In June 1983, Burgess was invited to participate in the Lawrence Centenary Festival, scheduled to take place in 1985 in Eastwood and Nottingham. Burgess promised the festival director that he would compose a musical setting of at least one poem by Lawrence and proceeded to write a cycle of fours songs, titled Man Who Has Come Through, based on the poems "End of Another Home Holiday", "Song of a Man Who Has Come Through", "Snake" and "Bavarian Gentians". He also produced a study of Lawrence's life and work for the 1985 centenary, entitled Flame into Being: The Life and Work of D. H. Lawrence, and wrote and narrated a 1985 documentary, The Rage of Lawrence, as a further centennial tribute.

"Song of a Man Who Has Come Through" and "Bavarian Gentians" were broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 'An Airful of Burgess' on 21 August 1994.

Alternative Form Available

An engraved copy of the full score - and of separate parts for violoncello, flute, oboe and piano - was created by Timothy Langston in 2017 and is on file. (Also on file is an engraved score of "End of Anthony Home Holiday", published by Saga Music Publishing Ltd in 1995.)


JEANNIN, Marc: Anthony Burgess: Selected Songs / Chansons choisies. (Presses de l'Universite d'Angers, 2010). (A selection of songs composed by Burgess from poems by Shakespeare, Hardy, Joyce, and Lawrence. Performed by Laurent David (Tenor); Georges Lambert (Flute); Frederic Potet (Oboe); Maureen Turquet (Piano).