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These, my Ophelia

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The 1935 These, my Ophelia is worlds away in feeling and harmonic language from Theodore Chanler’s other song The Children. This Chanler song, with its modern, polytonal texture and frequent changes of metre, seems to mirror Ophelia’s deranged state of mind. I find the final melismatic ‘Ah’ at the end of the piece to be one of the saddest moments in song. It is an extraordinary work to sing.

from notes by Robert White 1997


Sure on this shining night


Track 24 on CDA66920 [2'06]

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