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Now, oh now I needs must part
1597; A Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres; tune from The Frogs Galliard
1935; Free Settings of Favourite Melodies No 5

'Dowland: Awake, sweet love' (CDH55241)
Dowland: Awake, sweet love
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'Dowland: Lute Songs; Britten: Nocturnal' (CDA67648)
Dowland: Lute Songs; Britten: Nocturnal
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'Dowland & Campion: It fell on a summer's day' (CDH88011)
Dowland & Campion: It fell on a summer's day
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'English Ayres and Duets' (CDA66003)
English Ayres and Duets
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'Grainger: Rambles and Reflections' (CDH55454)
Grainger: Rambles and Reflections
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Track 10 on CDA66003 [2'45] Archive Service
Track 16 on CDH55241 [5'16] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 2 on CDH55454 [4'28] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 20 on CDH88011 [4'36] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service

Now, oh now I needs must part
For numbers 5 and 6 in his series of Favourite Melodies, Grainger turned to an air by John Dowland (1563–1626). Now, oh now I needs must part inspired Grainger to make not only two piano versions (concert and easy) but also an extended ‘ramble’ for tenor solo and wind band, which he called Bell Piece. This concert version (FSFM No 5) dates from his Australian trip of 1935, and was written at ‘Claremont’, the home of his Aunt Clara in Adelaide. (The easy version, FSFM No 6—containing no big stretches, was written out in Segeltorp, Sweden, the following year.) In both piano settings the Dowland melody is heard twice: the first time with harmonies almost identical to the original lute accompaniment but adapted to pianistic technique, the second time with free harmonies and a tail-piece (coda) of Grainger’s own devising. The song was one that Grainger particularly liked to play and sing before retiring to bed.

from notes by Barry Peter Ould © 2002

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Details for CDA67279 track 2
Recording date
9 April 2001
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Amanda Hurton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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  1. Grainger: Rambles and Reflections (CDA67279)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: June 2002
    Deletion date: March 2011
    Superseded by CDH55454
  2. Grainger: Rambles and Reflections (CDH55454)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: November 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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