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The Beggar's Song

First line:
Good people keep their holy day
author of text

The Beggar’s Song to a poem by W H Davies (the author of The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp was used to living rough) is a satire against hypocritical Christians who rest from their labours on the Sabbath: beggars are holier still because they rest every day. The pompous fanfare-figures of the opening soon turn to bright dance rhythms, with a delicious modulation as the beggar-protagonist appeals to the tender hearts of the ladies.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2007

The Beggar’s Song, sur un poème de W.H. Davies (l’auteur de The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp, qui eut une vie dure) est une satire contre les chrétiens hypocrites qui se reposent le jour du Seigneur: les mendiants («beggars») sont encore plus saints puisqu’ils se reposent tous les jours. Les pompeuses figures de fanfare initiales se font bientôt rythmes de danse éclatants, avec une délicieuse modulation lorsque le protagoniste-mendiant en appelle au bon cœur des dames.

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2007
Français: Hypérion

The Beggar’s Song auf ein Gedicht von W.H. Davies (der Autor von The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp [„Autobiographie eines Vagabunden“] war an ein raues Leben gewöhnt) ist eine Satire gegen scheinheilige Christen, die am Sabbat von ihrer Arbeit ruhen—aber Bettler sind doch heiliger, weil sie jeden Tag ruhen. Die bombastischen Fanfarenfiguren des Anfangs kehren bald zu hellen Tanzrhythmen wieder, mit einer herrlichen Modulation, wenn der Bettler an die milden Herzen der Damen appelliert.

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2007
Deutsch: Renate Wendel


Barber: Songs


Track 2 on CDA67528 [2'07]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67528 track 2

Recording date
8 December 2005
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Barber: Songs (CDA67528)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: November 2007
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