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Track(s) taken from CDD22071

My pent-up tears oppress my brain

27 December 1906
author of text

Gerald Finley (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Recording details: January 1997
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: June 1997
Total duration: 2 minutes 34 seconds

Cover artwork: Alby, Norfolk by John Middleton (1827-1856)
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

My pent-up tears is a setting of the last twelve lines of a poem of forty-four lines, the first twenty-four of which were not published until 1958. Arnold, boating on the Thames with Fanny Wightman, was struggling for the courage to propose to her; the first part of the poem made the situation clearer—too clear for publication at the time. The setting may suggest ultimate failure through its intensely tragic mood, but in fact Arnold did propose and married Fanny in June 1851.

from notes by Michael Pilkington © 1997

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