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The Devout Lover

The Devout Lover

First line:
It is not mine to sing the stately grace
composer
1884
author of text
published in 1882 in Songs and Rhymes

Image details:
Cartoon from Punch: ‘Songs and their Singers’
 
In The Devout Lover, a work exactly contemporary with Love’s old sweet song, White composed a hit that took the music-making world of late Victorian England by storm. With its quixotically elongated phrases, its gallant cadences and its marvellous melody, it is easy to see why. The almost continual rubato demanded of this music recalls the style of Elgar (only two years younger), whose favourite marking of nobilmente would have perfectly suited much of White’s music. The lyric suggests a seventeenth-century courtier of Herrick’s generation, or a Restoration dandy, but it is in fact by Walter Herries Pollock (1850–1926), well-known Victorian man of letters (a Jane Austen authority and editor of the Saturday Review) and equally famous amateur fencer. The poem was published in Songs and Rhymes in 1882. The extent of the song’s popularity in the drawing room is shown by a drawing from Punch (from a series entitled ‘Songs and their Singers’) where the title is amusingly mismatched with a depiction of an imaginary performer.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2012

Recordings

In praise of Woman
CDH55159
The Power of Love
CDA67888Composers of World War I

Details

Track 4 on CDA67888 [4'11] Composers of World War I
Track 7 on CDH55159 [3'48]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67888 track 4

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-12-88804
Duration
4'11
Recording date
17 December 2010
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. The Power of Love (CDA67888)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: February 2012
    Composers of World War I
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