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Death on the hills, Op 72

First line:
Why o'er the dark'ning hill-slopes
composer
1914
author of text
translator of text

 
Death on the Hills sets a translation of some grim words by the Russian poet Maykov, concerning Death stalking a village looking for victims. In the second half of the song, the three upper parts sing ‘with a thin and somewhat veiled tone’ some repetitive lines representing the villagers. In the midst of this enter the basses, representing Death. They have not sung for seventeen bars, and their entry, although only marked mezzo forte, can be chilling if sung with the correct intensity. Although by no means the longest of Elgar’s part-songs, he told one of his friends that it was ‘one of the biggest things I have done’.

from notes by Geoffrey Hodgkins © 1998

Recordings

Elgar: Choral Songs
CDA67019Archive Service
Elgar: Go, song of mine & other choral works
SIGCD315Download only
Elgar: The complete choral songs
CDA66271/22CDs Archive Service

Details

Track 11 on CDA66271/2 CD1 [4'20] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 9 on CDA67019 [3'32] Archive Service
Track 18 on SIGCD315 [3'55] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA67019 track 9

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-01909
Duration
3'32
Recording date
16 April 1998
Recording venue
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Elgar: Choral Songs (CDA67019)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: November 1998
    Deletion date: November 2006
    Archive Service
Licensing
1.Audio tour Millais: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, 2008
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