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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67227
Recording details: August 2000
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: May 2001
Total duration: 1 minutes 50 seconds

My heart is like a singing bird
composer
1909
author of text
1862; A birthday from Goblin Market and other poems

Introduction
My heart is like a singing bird, a setting of Christina Rossetti’s poem ‘A birthday’ from Goblin Market and other Poems (1862), appeared in Set X, though not published until 1918. The collection dates, however, from 1909 when it was sung at Bechstein Hall on 16 November by Agnes Hamilton Harty (née Nicholls), its dedicatee. An impassioned love song, in much the same tradition as Parry’s other high-class drawing-room creations (such as When comes my Gwen from volume six), My heart is like a singing bird imparts a sense of nervous exhilaration as the singer awaits the arrival of her beloved.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble 2001

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