Little grey home in the West

composer
author of text

 
Herman Löhr wrote this delightful piece in 1911. I have sung it all my life, but nothing will ever top the time it was sung to me—in person—by the Queen Mother at a private dinner party in London in 1984. I had just finished singing A Perfect Day when she asked me to sit with her a moment and talk about the beautiful old songs. I asked her if she knew one called Little grey home in the West. She answered, “Know it? Why it was one of the favourites in my youth!” Then, to my astonishment, the Queen Mother clasped my hands in hers and, waving them back in forth in rhythm, proceeded to sing the whole song to me, to the delight of the other dinner guests!

from notes by Robert White 1995

Recordings

Bird Songs at Eventide
CDH55156Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Composers of World War I

Details

Track 21 on CDH55156 [2'17] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Composers of World War I

Track-specific metadata for CDA66818 track 21

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-81821
Duration
2'17
Recording date
8 June 1995
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Bird Songs at Eventide (CDA66818)
    Disc 1 Track 21
    Release date: November 1995
    Deletion date: September 2003
    Superseded by CDH55156
  2. Bird Songs at Eventide (CDH55156)
    Disc 1 Track 21
    Release date: September 2003
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Composers of World War I