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I have twelve oxen

composer
1918
author of text
early English

 
Less reflective in character is I have twelve oxen (1918), a setting of an early English text from the days when oxen (clearly of many different colours and hues according to the poem) strode these lands. The poet does nothing more than show them off to a 'little pretty boy'. On more than the surface this seems robust, high-spirited stuff (and can be sung and played as such) but intriguingly the song is marked 'Allegretto grazioso' by Ireland, emphasised by 'con grazia' in the opening bar. One commentator has even referred to the 'gentleness' of the setting.

from notes by Andrew Green 1999

Recordings

Ireland: Songs
CDA67261/22CDs
A Treasury of English Song
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP30Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Details

Track 29 on CDA67261/2 CD1 [1'47] 2CDs
Track 5 on HYP30 [1'47] Super-budget price sampler Deleted

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