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The love song of Har Dyal

First line:
Alone upon the housetops to the North
composer
No 11 of Kipling Settings
author of text

 
The love song of Har Dyal is a setting of a three-stanza verse from the story ‘Beyond the Pale’ in Kipling’s Plain Tales from the Hills. A setting for voice and piano dates from 12 September 1901 whilst the version recorded here for soprano solo and ‘room-music’ accompaniment was not scored until 1 January 1958. In this beautiful setting Grainger manages to stun us with the rising motif to the words ‘Come back to me, Beloved, or I die!’ which on each repeat becomes more and more heartfelt.

from notes by Barry Peter Ould © 1996

Recordings

Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works
CDH55433Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Details

Track 25 on CDH55433 [2'14] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Track-specific metadata for CDA66863 track 25

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-86325
Duration
2'14
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 25
    Release date: May 1996
    Deletion date: December 2010
    Superseded by CDH55433
  2. Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works (CDH55433)
    Disc 1 Track 25
    Release date: February 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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