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Three Songs, Op 10
composer
1936
author of text
1908; Chamber Music, No 1: xxxii; No 2: xxxiv; No 3: xxxvi

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'Barber: Songs' (CDA67528)
Barber: Songs
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No 1: Rain has fallen
No 2: Sleep now
No 3: I hear an army

Three Songs, Op 10
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Barber’s settings of poems from James Joyce’s Chamber Music, published in 1939 as his Three Songs Op 10, are sophisticated and developed utterances. In Rain has fallen the plashing right-hand piano figures, illustrative of the falling rain, are poised above ambiguous, impressionistic harmonies that suggest the act of memory in which the poet is engaged, and they are developed to carry the song’s passionate climax in its stormy piano outburst. Sleep now is a very unquiet lullaby, with the ‘voice of the winter’ evoked in angular, declamatory piano figures in the central section. The song’s F sharp minor tonality only resolves to a tranquil F major in the final bars. There follows one of Barber’s most impressive achievements in the voice-and-piano medium. I hear an army is an onomatopoeic tour de force, the superbly imaginative piano part evoking the thunder of horses, the calls of trumpets, and the surge of the sea. It rises to a sustained, anguished outcry at ‘My love, my love, why have you left me alone?’.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2007

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Details for CDA67528 track 15
Rain has fallen
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-07-52815
Duration
2'24
Recording date
8 December 2005
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Barber: Songs (CDA67528)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: November 2007
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