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Down East

First line:
Songs! Visions of my homeland
author of text

Down East was composed in 1919; the text is by Ives. It is perhaps partly derived from a lost Down East Overture for orchestra of about 1897. The song opens in a kind of Impressionistic haze, a texture Ives often used in songs evoking childhood memories; and the whole piece, with its suggestions of Irish ballad and hymn-tune, is an essay in memory, ending in a quote from Nearer, my God, to Thee.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2008

Composée en 1919 sur un texte de Ives, Down East dérive peut-être en partie d’une Down East Overture pour orchestre (vers 1897) aujourd’hui perdue. Elle s’ouvre sur une sorte de brume impressionniste, une texture que le compositeur utilisa souvent dans ses mélodies évoquant des souvenirs d’enfance; cette pièce, qui rappelle une ballade irlandaise et une hymne, est un essai sur la mémoire s’achevant sur une citation de Plus près de Toi, mon Dieu.

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

Down East wurde 1919 komponiert; der Text stammt von Ives. Es stammt wahrscheinlich teilweise aus einer verschollenen Down East Overture für Orchester von circa 1897. Das Lied beginnt in einer Art impressionistischen Nebels, einer Textur, die Ives oft in Liedern verwendete, die Kindheitserinnerungen wachrufen, und das gesamte Stück mit seinen Anklängen an Hymnen und irische Balladen ist ein Essay über Erinnerungen und schließt mit einem Zitat aus Näher, mein Gott, zu Dir.

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


Ives: Romanzo di Central Park & other songs


Track 6 on CDA67644 [3'07]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67644 track 6

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 6
    Release date: February 2008
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