Ohio-born Oley Speaks is best remembered for his setting of Rudyard Kipling’s On the Road to Mandalay
. No two songs from the same composer could be as different in mood than that rousing ballad and the much more introverted Sylvia
(1914), with its shimmeringly beautiful melodic line and a piano accompaniment worthy of a Schumann Lied.
from notes by Robert White © 1995