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Watchman!

composer
1913; after a hymn tune by Lowell Mason; as used in Ives's Violin Sonata No 2 and Symhony No 4
author of text
1825; Watchman, verse 1

 
Watchman! is one of a group of four songs (At the River is another) based on hymn-tune themes, adapted from some of Ives’s chamber works. The words are by John Bowring and the tune by Lowell Mason, but the song was adapted in 1913 from the wordless setting in Ives’s Violin Sonata No 2 of 1907, with the sometimes complex piano part untouched. Ives gave the same hymn-tune to the choir in the first movement of his Symphony No 4.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2008

Watchman! («Veilleur!») est l’une des quatre mélodies (At the River en est une autre) fondées sur des thèmes d’hymnes et adaptées de certaines œuvres de chambre ivesiennes. Les paroles sont de John Bowring et l’air de Lowell Mason, mais la mélodie fut adaptée, en 1913, à partir de la musique sans paroles de la Sonate pour violon no 2 de Ives (1907), en préservant la partie de piano, parfois complexe. Dans le premier mouvement de la Symphonie no 4, Ives confie cette même hymne au chœur.

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2008
Français: Hypérion

Watchman! gehört zu einer Gruppe von vier Liedern (darunter At the River), die auf Kirchenliedern basieren und aus Kammermusikwerken Ives’ adaptiert wurden. Die Worte stammen von John Bowring und die Melodie von Lowell Mason, aber das Lied wurde 1913 von der textlosen Vertonung in Ives’ Violinsonate Nr. 2 von 1907 adaptiert, wobei die oft komplexe Klavierbegleitung unverändert blieb. Ives gab dem Chor im ersten Satz seiner Vierten Symphonie die gleiche Melodie.

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2008
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

Recordings

Ives: Romanzo di Central Park & other songs
CDA67644

Details

Track 16 on CDA67644 [1'43]

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