Hyperion Records

What shall I your true love tell?
composer
31 May 1919
author of text

Recordings
'Bridge: Songs' (CDD22071)
Bridge: Songs
CDD22071  2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — To be issued soon July 2014 Release  
'Bridge: Songs' (CDA67181/2)
Bridge: Songs
MP3 £14.49FLAC £14.49ALAC £14.49 CDA67181/2  2CDs To be superseded by CDD22071  
Details
Track 15 on CDD22071 CD2 [3'32] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) To be issued soon July 2014 Release
Track 15 on CDA67181/2 CD2 [3'32] 2CDs To be superseded by CDD22071

What shall I your true love tell?
What shall I your true love tell? is a fine song. Over a bare accompaniment a dying girl is asked what messages she has for her absent beloved, and her desperate struggles to reply are clearly expressed in the music. Once again Bridge has changed a word in the poem, writing in verse two ‘believe’ for Francis Thompson’s ‘conceive’; in this case the change is not an improvement. In stanza five ‘speaking-while is scant’ means ‘there is little time left to speak’, and a ‘postulant’ is a candidate, usually used in connection with entrance to the nun’s vocation, both these ideas indicating the nearness of death.

from notes by Michael Pilkington 1997

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