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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
CDH55433

Details

Track 25 on CDH55433 [2'14]

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