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Omens and Oracles

First line:
Phantoms of the future, spectres of the past
composer
circa 1900
author of text
adapted by Ives (and attributed to "Author unknown") from Omens and Oracles, from Marah, 1892

 
Omens and Oracles, composed about 1900, is another of Ives’s ‘Sentimental Ballads’: its emotional extremities well fulfil that description. Ives noted that the author of the text was not known to him, although it has been identified as an adaptation of a poem by Owen Meredith, a pseudonym of Robert Bulwer-Lytton, first Earl of Lytton (son of the better-known novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton).

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2008

Omens and Oracles («Augures et oracles»), composée vers 1900, est ce que Ives appelle une «ballade sentimentale»—une description qui convient parfaitement à ses extrémités émotionnelles. Ives nota que ce texte lui était d’auteur inconnu, mais on sait depuis qu’il s’agit de l’adaptation d’un poème d’Owen Meredith, pseudonyme de Robert Bulwer-Lytton (fils d’Edward Bulwer-Lytton, romancier plus connu).

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

Omens and Oracles, das um 1900 geschrieben wurde, gehört zu einer Gruppe von Liedern, die Ives als „Sentimentale Balladen“ beschrieb, und seine emotionalen Extreme erfüllen diese Beschreibung vollkommen. Ives bemerkte, dass er nicht wusste, wer der Verfasser des Texts war, der später als Adaption eines Gedichts von Owen Meredith identifiziert wurde, einem Pseudonym für Robert Bulwer-Lytton (dem Sohn des besser bekannten Romanschriftstellers Edward Bulwer-Lytton).

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

Recordings

Ives: Romanzo di Central Park & other songs
CDA67644

Details

Track 21 on CDA67644 [2'52]

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