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I wonder as I wander
Appalachian folk melody, collected by John Jacob Niles
1934; from Songs of the Hill Folk
author of text
possibly an Appalacian carol, collected by John Jacob Niles

'Britten: Songs & Proverbs of William Blake' (CDA67778)
Britten: Songs & Proverbs of William Blake
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I wonder as I wander
‘I wonder as I wander’ was frequently performed alongside Britten’s folksong arrangements in his recitals with Pears following their return to the UK in 1942, but they never recorded or published it since they subsequently discovered that the words and melody were not in the public domain: the song had been published by John Jacob Niles in 1934, and in direct consequence Britten’s version did not receive its first recording until 1995, thanks to a belated special arrangement between Niles’s publishers and the Britten Estate.

from notes by Mervyn Cooke © 2010

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67778 track 3
Recording date
13 December 2008
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Britten: Songs & Proverbs of William Blake (CDA67778)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: June 2010
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