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Track(s) taken from CDD22071

Journey's end

First line:
What will they give me, when journey's done?
composer
November 1925
author of text

Jamie MacDougall (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Recording details: January 1997
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: June 1997
Total duration: 3 minutes 54 seconds

Cover artwork: Alby, Norfolk by John Middleton (1827-1856)
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
 
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In Journey’s end Bridge sums up all that his song-writing career has been suggesting; the inevitability of death that we must each face alone, and the woman or man at the bedside watching helplessly. Holst approached this great poem in a spirit of stoicism: what is to come must be faced unflinchingly. Bridge’s setting is more in the mood of Dylan Thomas’s ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’, with desperate chromatic harmony, and frantic denial at the climax, followed by heart-breaking acceptance. There were to be no more songs.

from notes by Michael Pilkington 1997

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