Go, song of mine, Op 57

First line:
Dishevelled and in tears, go, song of mine
composer
1909
author of text
translator of text

 
Marginally more popular than the Op 53 set, with ten performances, was Elgar’s next and greatest part-song, Go, Song of mine, also written in Italy, this time at Careggi in April 1909. The words, a translation by Rossetti of a medieval Italian poem, again have a distinctly autobiographical ring; the author’s ‘song’ is sent out ‘To break the hardness of the heart of man’. To what extent Elgar applied them to himself we can only speculate, but he certainly gave it ‘a big setting’, as he wrote to Gorton. In fact he asked Novello to produce it as a separate work; ‘that is to say in the usual yellow cover & not in the part-song book: I should propose to put ‘Go, Song of mine’ Chorus (unaccompanied) in six parts &c &c & drop the part-song altogether. It would, I feel sure, be better for the future of the work’. However, Novello did decide to include it in the part-song book, perhaps fearing that to classify it as a separate choral work might deter some choirs. It was premiered at the 1909 Three Choirs Festival at Hereford and was soon taken up by the major competition festivals as another excellent and taxing test-piece.

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 15 on CDA66271/2 CD2 [5'26] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 10 on CDA67019 [5'04] Archive Service
Track 1 on SIGCD315 [4'23] Download only

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