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An old song re-sung

First line:
I saw a ship a-sailing, a-sailing, a-sailing
author of text

Though he died at the age of thirty-six in 1920, Charles Tomlinson Griffes’ works have retained an important place in American music. Griffes was an early user of impressionism and exoticism in his music. An Old Song Re-sung, the first of Two Songs by John Masefield (1918), is a strikingly powerful piece. After a highly energetic introduction depicting a ship in full and dramatic sail, Griffes abandons the sea-shanty element of the song, gradually revealing the lurking sense of menace that finally surrounds the eerie chinking of broken glass at the end as the vessel sinks ‘among the wrecks’. For me there is a touch of the same dread in this piece that I feel whenever I hear Wagner’s overture to The Flying Dutchman.

from notes by Robert White 1997


Sure on this shining night


Track 25 on CDA66920 [1'43]

Track-specific metadata for CDA66920 track 25

Recording date
31 July 1996
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Sure on this shining night (CDA66920)
    Disc 1 Track 25
    Release date: April 1997
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