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Hyperion Records

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At the Piano by Robert Beyschlag (1838-1903)
Anthony Mitchell Paintings, Nottingham / Fine Art Photographic Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67374
Recording details: January 2002
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: June 2003
Total duration: 3 minutes 6 seconds

Orpheus with his lute
author of text
Henry VIII III:i

Before turning to the composition of comic operas, Arthur Sullivan devoted himself to serious composition. In his twenties he composed much incidental music for Shakespeare’s plays, including a set of Shakespeare songs. Of these, his ‘Orpheus with his Lute’ from Henry VIII (Act 3, Scene 1), endearing in its grace and simplicity, is considered one of the classic settings of Shakespeare’s words.

from notes by Andrew Lamb 2003

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