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Track(s) taken from CDH55433

The love song of Har Dyal

First line:
Alone upon the housetops to the North
composer
No 11 of Kipling Settings
author of text

Lesley Jane Rogers (soprano), Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Recording details: January 1996
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: May 1996
Total duration: 2 minutes 14 seconds

Cover artwork: Front illustration by Roland Piper (b?)
 
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The love song of Har Dyal is a setting of a three-stanza verse from the story ‘Beyond the Pale’ in Kipling’s Plain Tales from the Hills. A setting for voice and piano dates from 12 September 1901 whilst the version recorded here for soprano solo and ‘room-music’ accompaniment was not scored until 1 January 1958. In this beautiful setting Grainger manages to stun us with the rising motif to the words ‘Come back to me, Beloved, or I die!’ which on each repeat becomes more and more heartfelt.

from notes by Barry Peter Ould 1996

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