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Pleading, Op 48 No 1
First line:
Will you come homeward from the hills of Dreamland?
composer
1908
author of text

Recordings
'The Power of Love' (CDA67888)
The Power of Love
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Pleading, Op 48 No 1
Pleading was composed in 1908, at the time Elgar was working on his First Symphony and encountering various setbacks. In September of that year he returned home from a depressing meeting with his publisher and opened his post to find a slim volume of verses sent to him by Arthur L Salmon (b1865). This poem, which at another time the composer might have disdained, fitted his mood and he composed a work where the maudlin sentimentality of the lyric is ennobled by the sincerity of Elgar’s almost childlike emotional response. The musical style is only a step away from the Victorian ballad but the word-setting is charged with a musical energy out of the reach of other composers. The changes and inflections of tempo in this extended arioso are many and various (at least one per line of music) and need to be delicately negotiated by the performers to avoid exaggeration. This populism elevated to great and utterly individual art puts us in mind of another great solitary creator—Thomas Hardy, whose wonderful poems were being written exactly at this time. The deeply religious composer and the introverted author, both rooted in their respective shires, would probably have got on had they met—although Elgar might well have been shocked at the very thought of setting a poem by the controversial author of Jude the Obscure.

from notes by Graham Johnson 2012

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67888 track 6
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-12-88806
Duration
3'10
Recording date
17 December 2010
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. The Power of Love (CDA67888)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: February 2012
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