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Spring sorrow

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1918
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The hauntingly simple, perennially popular Spring Sorrow marked a return for Ireland to the poetry of Rupert Brooke, an early victim of the war. (He died on a hospital ship in the Aegean in 1915.) While initially seeming to breathe relief at the arrivai of another spring, the ultimately bitter-sweet message is summed up in the final lines ' … the hawthorn hedge puts forth its buds / And my heart puts forth its pain'—perhaps intended by Ireland as an expression of hope viewed through the suffering of almost four years of war. It is said that the published ending was selected by a pupil of Ireland's to whom the composer played three possible conclusions. An early example of musical multiple choice.

from notes by Andrew Green 1999

Recordings

Ireland: Songs
CDA67261/22CDs

Details

Track 13 on CDA67261/2 CD1 [1'45] 2CDs

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