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Six dukes went afishin'
composer
1905; from British Folk-Music Settings (unnumbered)
author of text

Recordings
'Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works' (CDH55433)
Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55433  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 17 on CDH55433 [2'19] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Six dukes went afishin'
The setting of Six dukes went afishin' was first performed at the 1906 Brigg Festival. In all Grainger made three distinct arrangements of this folk-melody and the version recorded here was collected by ear from the singing of George Couldthorpe of Barrow-on-Humber (North Lincolnshire) by Grainger on 4 September 1905. Subsequent Edison phonograph cylinder recordings were made of the tune with variants phonographed from Joseph Leaning on 4 August 1906, and these were to form the basis of Grainger’s two other settings, the voice and piano version published as BFMS No 11 and the third and final setting, for four voices and flute, which was composed in 1910. The final setting makes great demands on the singers to produce a Lincolnshire dialect whilst this first setting indicates only one alternative for the word ‘body’. The words of this song have a curious history. Miss Lucy E Broadwood, who had noted down two extra verses at Brigg on 7 May 1906 (subsequently used in Grainger’s 1910 setting), believes the words relate to William de la Pole, first Duke of Suffolk, whose murdered body was washed ashore near Dover in 1450.

from notes by Barry Peter Ould 1996

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA66863 track 17
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-86317
Duration
2'19
Recording date
20 January 1996
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works (CDA66863)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: May 1996
    Deletion date: December 2010
    Superseded by CDH55433
  2. Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works (CDH55433)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: February 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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