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The Children's Hour

First line:
Between the dark and the daylight
author of text
1863; The Children's Hour, verses 1-3

The Children’s Hour was composed in 1901 to words by Longfellow (from a much longer poem). This is an example of the exquisite lyrical simplicity of which Ives was capable; the flowing outer sections (with delicate high chiming tones from the left hand crossing the right) frame a recitative-like centre. Note the children’s names: fifteen years later Ives and Harmony would adopt an Edith as their daughter.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2008

The Children’s Hour («L’heure des enfants») fut composée en 1901 sur un texte de Longfellow (tiré d’un poème beaucoup plus long). Cette mélodie illustre bien l’exquise simplicité lyrique dont Ives était capable; de fluides sections extrêmes (avec de délicats sons aigus carillonnants à la main gauche, qui croise la main droite) encadrent un centre de type récitatif. Notez les noms des enfants: quinze ans plus tard, Ives et Harmony adopteront une petite Edith.

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

The Children’s Hour wurde 1901 auf Worte von Longfellow (aus einem wesentlich längeren Gedicht) komponiert. Dies ist ein Beispiel für die exquisite lyrische Schlichtheit, derer Ives fähig war: die fließenden Außenabschnitte (mit delikaten hohen Glockentönen der linken Hand, die die rechte kreuzt) umrahmen einen rezitativhaften Mittelteil. Man beachte die Namen der Kinder: 15 Jahre später sollten Ives und Harmony eine Edith adoptieren.

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


Ives: Romanzo di Central Park & other songs


Track 17 on CDA67644 [2'28]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67644 track 17

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 17
    Release date: February 2008
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