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Songs my mother taught me
author of text
Kdyz mne stará matka zpívat ucívala
translator of text
as used in Dvorák's Gypsy Melodies, Op 55 No 4; adapted

'Ives: Romanzo di Central Park & other songs' (CDA67644)
Ives: Romanzo di Central Park & other songs
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Songs my mother taught me
Songs my mother taught me was written in 1895: the text is a translation by Natalie Macfarren of the Czech poem by Adolf Heyduk that had already been set (rather famously) by Dvorák. Around 1903 Ives made a chamber-ensemble version of this song under the title An Old Song Deranged—in his ‘psychological biography’ of the composer Stuart Feder takes this to imply that Ives’s mother Mollie could have suffered from dementia, but there is no hard evidence: the title may have been a passing word-play.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2008

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67644 track 9
Recording date
20 February 2007
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Ives: Romanzo di Central Park & other songs (CDA67644)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: February 2008
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