The Beggar’s Song
to a poem by W H Davies (the author of The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp
was used to living rough) is a satire against hypocritical Christians who rest from their labours on the Sabbath: beggars are holier still because they rest every day. The pompous fanfare-figures of the opening soon turn to bright dance rhythms, with a delicious modulation as the beggar-protagonist appeals to the tender hearts of the ladies.
from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2007