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Lord Maxwell's goodnight

First line:
Adieu, Madame, my mother dear, but and my sisters three, O!
composer
1912; No 42 of British Folk-Music Settings
arranger
author of text
Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, with the second half of the text added by Grainger

 
Lord Maxwell’s goodnight is an by David Tall. The words for the first half of the tune (bars 1–8) are from Walter Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, those for the second (bars 9–16) were added by Grainger. The first setting of this work dates from 1904 when the twenty-two-year-old Grainger scored it for solo male voice and strings. But it was Grainger’s habit to lay aside his manuscripts for mature reflection and, in 1912, a new setting was made for solo male voice, six solo strings and string orchestra. Not being satisfied he returned to the 1904 setting at the age of seventy-six, casting it for voice and piano and giving it his final blessing as BFMS Number 42: the version which forms the basis of this arrangement for tenor solo and male voices.

from notes by Barry Peter Ould © 1996

Recordings

Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works
CDH55433

Details

Track 21 on CDH55433 [2'48]

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