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At the River

First line:
Shall we gather at the river
1916; based on Robert Lowry's hymn tune (also used in Copland's Old American Songs); also used in Ives's Violin Sonata No 4
author of text
Shall we gather at the river (to the tune Beautiful River), from Happy Voices, 1865, verse 1 and chorus

At the River is dated 1916; the text and basic tune come from the revivalist hymn by Robert Lowry, now famous from the setting in Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs. Ives arranged this song from the second movement of his Violin Sonata No 4; there may have been an earlier version for cornet and violins. Note the very free accentuation of the words, which causes the song to end with an ‘unanswered question’ of its own.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2008

At the River est datée de 1916; le texte et l’air de base proviennent de l’hymne revivaliste de Robert Lowry, aujourd’hui connue par la version qu’en donna Aaron Copland dans ses Old American Songs. Ives arrangea cette mélodie à partir du deuxième mouvement de sa Sonate pour violon no 4; peut-être en exista-t-il une version antérieure pour cornet à pistons et violons. Notez la très libre accentuation des mots, qui fait s’achever la mélodie sur une «question sans réponse».

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

At the River ist mit 1916 datiert; Text und Grundmelodie stammen aus der Hymne des Erweckungspredigers Robert Lowry, die heute durch die Vertonung in Aaron Coplands Old American Songs berühmt ist. Ives bearbeitete dieses Lied aus dem zweiten Satz seiner Violinsonate Nr. 4, und es könnte auch eine frühere Fassung für Kornett und Violinen gegeben haben. Man beachte die ganz freie Akzentuierung der Worte, durch die das Lied mit seiner eigenen „Unanswered Question“ schließt.

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


Ives: Romanzo di Central Park & other songs


Track 27 on CDA67644 [2'29]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67644 track 27

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 27
    Release date: February 2008
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