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Down East
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Down East was composed in 1919; the text is by Ives. It is perhaps partly derived from a lost Down East Overture for orchestra of about 1897. The song opens in a kind of Impressionistic haze, a texture Ives often used in songs evoking childhood memories; and the whole piece, with its suggestions of Irish ballad and hymn-tune, is an essay in memory, ending in a quote from Nearer, my God, to Thee.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2008

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