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Remembrance
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Remembrance (1921) was written in 1906 as a ‘song without voice’ for cornet and chamber ensemble called The Pond. Ives once called it an ‘obvious picture’, and it is an elegy for his father – buried at Wooster Cemetery in his home town of Danbury, Connecticut (where the pond in question lies) – whose expressive cornet-playing was always an abiding memory. The cornet has the main melody, and Ives put words to it on the score. In 114 Songs he gave these words to the singer. He also added a superscription – two lines by Wordsworth: ‘The music in my heart I bore / Long after it was heard no more.’

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2005

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