Song for voice and strings
For mezzo-soprano and string quartet (violin, viola, cello and double bass), Spellbound was written in 2004. The melody was taken from an earlier song for voice and piano, which Lydia wrote when she was 15 years old. The words by Emily Brontë (1818 – 1848), evoke a sense of mystery and magic and describe how despite worsening weather conditions, a tyrant spell prevents the author from moving. She remains spellbound. There is frequent interplay between the strings and the piece ends as mysteriously as it began with an open fifth bass drone played by the cello.