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Armida's garden

First line:
I have been there before, O my love!
composer
March 1908
author of text

 
The first two volumes of Parry’s twelve volumes of English Lyrics were written between 1874 and 1885, but the main body of his song output dates from the mid-1890s with the publication by Novello of volumes three and four. Armida’s Garden, composed at sea in March 1908 (and revised soon after) was published in 1909 as part of volume nine and was the fifth of seven settings of Mary Coleridge (the daughter of Arthur Duke Coleridge, a friend and amateur singer) who had died in 1907. Coleridge, who had been encouraged by Bridges, published her first set of verse, Fancy’s Following, in 1896 from which the poem for this song was taken. At its heart is the burning Victorian issue of eschatology, of the life hereafter, the bliss of an ideal love, and of melancholy in the inevitable parting of lovers. Parry’s setting captures this sense of mystery and enchantment, but most importantly the heavily modified second verse embodies that implicit questioning (note, for example, the gentle yet arresting progressions at the end of the first line) which provokes a mood of passionate yearning at the climax and a quizzical ending for the voice (‘than “Alas”’).

from notes by Jeremy Dibble © 2001

Recordings

On this Island
CDA67227Archive Service
A Treasury of English Song
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP30Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Details

Track 5 on CDA67227 [2'07] Archive Service
Track 28 on HYP30 [2'07] Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for HYP30 track 28

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-01-22705
Duration
2'07
Recording date
17 August 2000
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. On this Island (CDA67227)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: May 2001
    Deletion date: September 2006
    Archive Service
  2. A Treasury of English Song (HYP30)
    Disc 1 Track 28
    Release date: April 2004
    Deletion date: November 2011
    Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
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