Richard Lambert Music

The Great Wheel of the Sun (Op.8c)

Four short pieces for cello and piano, freely based on poems by Robert Graves

These four short pieces for cello and piano were arranged in 1994 and revised in 2008.

This set is a substantial elaboration of Counting the Beats (Op.8), four love poems by Robert Graves, set by the composer in 1984. The work takes its title from a line in the final song, The Far Side of your Moon : 'Yours is the great wheel of the sun, And yours the unclouded sky'.

The original piano part was unchanged but the melodic line has been completely reworked to produce an elegiac free-standing piece.


  1. 1 May 2010 at the Maytime Concert of Words and Music at St John’s Church, Batheaston, near Bath. Lesley Shrigley Jones (cello)


I was greatly surprised and delighted to receive your ‘Great Wheel of the Sun’ and I had the pleasure of working through its pages the other day with my colleague, Anthony Saunders. I particularly love the second and third songs, which seem to source and define both melody and a mood of melancholy, embracing both facets with a sense of line and warmth. Thank you for sending me the music and for the dedication, which I much appreciate.

Lesley Shrigley Jones, 9 February 2010


This recording of The Great Wheel of the Sun is of a performance by Lesley Shrigley Jones on 1 May 2010.


You can view and purchase the score of The Great Wheel of the Sun from Score Exchange.

If you wish to listen to the piece on that website, select the ‘MP3 file’ link instead of playing the embedded score for better audio quality.

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