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The arrow and the song
First line:
I shot an arrow into the air
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'Gounod: Songs' (CDA66801/2)
Gounod: Songs
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The arrow and the song
The arrow and the song seems to have been composed in 1885 and specifically for the English market; there was no French version published, which is surprising considering the very French musical fluidity of the setting. This type of semiquaver accompaniment, gently restless, is reminiscent of Fauré songs like Nell or Notre amour. The music flows from start to finish—the strophic song is dead, long live the through-composed! In his relatively unproductive late sixties Gounod had to acknowledge that the mantle of the mélodie had passed to Fauré’s shoulders, but the old dog can still imitate new tricks better than anyone else.

from notes by Graham Johnson 1993

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA66801/2 disc 2 track 20
Recording date
5 May 1993
Recording venue
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Keith Warren
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  1. Gounod: Songs (CDA66801/2)
    Disc 2 Track 20
    Release date: October 1993
    2CDs Please, someone, buy me
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