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Journey's end

First line:
What will they give me, when journey's done?
composer
November 1925
author of text

 
In Journey’s end Bridge sums up all that his song-writing career has been suggesting; the inevitability of death that we must each face alone, and the woman or man at the bedside watching helplessly. Holst approached this great poem in a spirit of stoicism: what is to come must be faced unflinchingly. Bridge’s setting is more in the mood of Dylan Thomas’s ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’, with desperate chromatic harmony, and frantic denial at the climax, followed by heart-breaking acceptance. There were to be no more songs.

from notes by Michael Pilkington © 1997

Recordings

Bridge: Songs
CDD220712CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Details

Track 21 on CDD22071 CD2 [3'54] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Track-specific metadata for CDD22071 disc 2 track 21

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-18221
Duration
3'54
Recording date
16 January 1997
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Bridge: Songs (CDA67181/2)
    Disc 2 Track 21
    Release date: June 1997
    Deletion date: April 2008
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22071
  2. Bridge: Songs (CDD22071)
    Disc 2 Track 21
    Release date: July 2014
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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