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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67516
Recording details: November 2004
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2005
Total duration: 2 minutes 29 seconds

A Song – For Anything
First line:
O have mercy Lord on me
author of text
Psalm 51: 1, 12
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
A Song – For Anything (1892) was classed by Ives as a ‘Sentimental Ballad’; he claimed it was an illustration ‘of how inferior music is inclined to follow inferior words’ and vice versa. Its three verses are in fact three different texts – one a sentimental love poem, one a student apostrophe to Yale, and earliest of all (and best, according to Ives) a religious homily, originally sung in church as a kind of hymn.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2005

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