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Willow, willow

First line:
The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree
composer
1910/1; orchestral version 1912; No 1 of Old-English Popular Music
author of text
original version of text used by Shakespeare in Othello IV:3

 
Willow, willow was first set by Grainger for voice and piano in November 1898. It was his first setting of a traditional tune. Four years later he sketched a version for voice, strings and guitar or harp adding a further verse with a much richer accompaniment, finally publishing this version together with its voice and piano counterpart in 1912. The words are familiar to us as those sung by Desdemona in Shakespeare’s Othello. This lament for lost love, with its sighing motifs, is of rare and ravishing beauty.

from notes by Barry Peter Ould 1996

Recordings

Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works
CDH55433
Shakespeare's Kingdom
CDA66136Archive Service

Details

Track 16 on CDA66136 [3'58] Archive Service
Track 19 on CDH55433 [3'57]

Track-specific metadata for CDA66863 track 19

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-86319
Duration
3'57
Recording date
20 January 1996
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works (CDA66863)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: May 1996
    Deletion date: December 2010
    Superseded by CDH55433
  2. Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works (CDH55433)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: February 2011
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