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Track(s) taken from CDA67378

To Gratiana dancing and singing

First line:
See! with what constant motion
composer
February 1913
author of text

Christopher Maltman (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Recording details: November 2002
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2003
Total duration: 4 minutes 21 seconds

Cover artwork: The Vagrants (detail) by Frederick Walker (1840-1875)
Tate Gallery, London
 
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Reviews

'Christopher Maltman at all times sings beautifully, capturing the emotions behind the words and music, and is ably accompanied by Roger Vignoles. As is their custom, Hyperion completes this superior production with intelligent annotation and complete texts' (American Record Guide)
Browne’s best-known song, To Gratiana dancing and singing, setting words by Richard Lovelace, was composed in February 1913 for his friend, the tenor Steuart Wilson, and is one of the most beautiful creations in the entire repertoire of twentieth-century English song. The influence of Elizabethan music is apparent: the melody that forms the accompaniment is an anonymous seventeenth-century Allmayne in Elizabeth Rogers’s Virginal Book, which the composer heard in a 1908 while acting in a university production of Milton’s Comus. Over the sonorous, rich chords of the piano, treading the measure of the Allmayne, the vocal line curves and soars in ecstatic wonder at Gratiana’s performance.

from notes by Andrew Burn 2003

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