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Lullay my liking, H129

composer
1916; Op 34 No 2
author of text
A Medieval Anthology, edited by Mary Segar (1915)

 
Lullay my liking was written by Gustav Holst for a Whitsun festival in Thaxted. The refrain is an early example of an English lullaby; the term ‘lullaby’ is thought to have originated in the sounds made to calm fretful children—in this case ‘lu lu’ or ‘la la’, or ‘bye bye’ as heard in the similarly ancient Coventry Carol. Though it is known that Holst preferred each verse to be sung by the same soprano soloist, here we have assigned each verse to a different singer to bring out the nuances of the text.

from notes by Owain Park © 2019

Recordings

A choral Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD257Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Christmas
Studio Master: CDA68299Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Holst: This have I done for my true love & other choral works
CDH55171

Details

Track 10 on CDA68299 [4'46]
Track 6 on CDH55171 [3'28]
Track 9 on SIGCD257 [3'41] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDH55171 track 6

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-70506
Duration
3'28
Recording date
24 October 1993
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Holst: This have I done for my true love (CDA66705)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: February 1994
    Deletion date: June 2004
    Superseded by CDH55171
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