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On the Counter

First line:
Tunes we heard in 'ninety two', soft and sweet
author of text

On the Counter, as with many of the songs composed to Ives’s own text, is one of his meditations on the power of old tunes remembered, deftly woven out of song-quotations. In a footnote to 114 Songs Ives wrote: ‘Though there is little danger of it, it is hoped that this song will not be taken seriously, or sung, at least, in public.’

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2008

Comme bien des mélodies composées par Ives sur un texte de son cru, On the Counter («Sur le comptoir») est une réflexion sur le pouvoir des airs anciens, habilement tissée à partir de citations mélodiques. Dans ses 114 Songs, Ives note en bas de page: «Même si un petit risque existe, il faut espérer que cette mélodie ne sera ni prise au sérieux ni chantée, du moins en public.»

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2008
Français: Hypérion

On the Counter, gehört wie viele dieser Lieder auf Ives’ eigene Texte, zu seinen Meditationen über die Kraft alter Weisen, an die man sich erinnert, und ist geschickt aus Liedzitaten gewoben. In einer Fußnote zu 114 Songs schrieb Ives: „Obwohl wenig Gefahr dafür besteht, hofft man, dass dieses Lied weder ernst genommen noch, zumindest nicht in der Öffentlichkeit, gesungen wird.“

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2008
Deutsch: Renate Wendel


Ives: Romanzo di Central Park & other songs


Track 1 on CDA67644 [1'28]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67644 track 1

Recording date
20 February 2007
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Ives: Romanzo di Central Park & other songs (CDA67644)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: February 2008
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