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To Gratiana dancing and singing

First line:
See! with what constant motion
composer
February 1913
author of text

 
Browne’s best-known song, To Gratiana dancing and singing, setting words by Richard Lovelace, was composed in February 1913 for his friend, the tenor Steuart Wilson, and is one of the most beautiful creations in the entire repertoire of twentieth-century English song. The influence of Elizabethan music is apparent: the melody that forms the accompaniment is an anonymous seventeenth-century Allmayne in Elizabeth Rogers’s Virginal Book, which the composer heard in a 1908 while acting in a university production of Milton’s Comus. Over the sonorous, rich chords of the piano, treading the measure of the Allmayne, the vocal line curves and soars in ecstatic wonder at Gratiana’s performance.

from notes by Andrew Burn © 2003

Recordings

No Exceptions No Exemptions
Studio Master: SIGCD401Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel; Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad
CDA67378Composers of World War I
War's Embers
CDD220262CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
War's Embers
CDH55237Composers of World War I
A Treasury of English Song
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP30Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
Hyperion monthly sampler – December 2014
FREE DOWNLOADHYP201412Download-only monthly sampler

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Track 11 on CDA67378 [4'21] Composers of World War I
Track 21 on CDD22026 CD2 [4'15] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
Track 26 on CDH55237 [4'15] Composers of World War I
Track 15 on SIGCD401 CD1 [4'04] Download only
Track 32 on HYP30 [4'12] Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
Track 4 on HYP201412 [4'04] Download-only monthly sampler

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