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Track(s) taken from CDD22044

The heart's desire

First line:
The boys are up the woods with day
author of text
final three stanzas of 'March' from 'A Shropshire Lad'

Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: January 1995
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown & Graham Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: May 1995
Total duration: 2 minutes 27 seconds

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John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
The Heart's Desire is Ireland's 1917 setting of the final three of the five stanzas of A E Housman's poem 'March' from A Shropshire Lad. Housman never liked composers 'tampering' with his verse, so what he made of this blatant truncation is anyone's guess. The rolling, richtoned melody marks this off as one of the most overtly passionate of Ireland's songs. As boys and girls go to the fields in search of daffodils and palms, so should lovers be able to fulfil their hearts' desires … 'lovers should be loved again'—full of meaning for Housman—in his case as a repressed homosexual—and apparently also for Ireland, who repeats the final two lines with great force.

from notes by Andrew Green © 1999

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Ireland: Songs
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