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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]

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