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The Light that is Felt

First line:
A tender child of summers three
author of text
1884; The Light that is Felt, verses 1 & 2

The Light that is Felt sets a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, a poet Ives admired so much he sketched some of a Whittier Overture for orchestra. He seems to have set the poem first as an anthem for use in church in about 1895, and arranged the song version in 1904. The theme of the desire to recapture the faith and simplicity of the child is a recurrent one in his work.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2008

The Light that is Felt («La lumière que l’on ressent») exprime en musique des vers de John Greenleaf Whittier, poète que Ives admira au point d’esquisser une Whittier Overture pour orchestre. Ce poème semble avoir été traité d’abord sous forme d’anthem (1895), pour un usage liturgique, puis sous la présente forme mélodique (1904). Le désir de retrouver la foi et la simplicité de l’enfance est un thème récurrent chez Ives.

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

The Light that is Felt vertont ein Gedicht von John Greenleaf Whittier, einem Dichter den Ives so sehr bewunderte, dass er eine Whittier Overture für Orchester zu skizzieren begann. Er scheint das Gedicht zunächst etwa 1895 als Motette zum Kirchengebrauch gesetzt zu haben und richtete die Liedversion 1904 ein. Das Verlangen, den Glauben und die Einfalt eines Kindes wieder einzufangen, ist ein Thema, das in Ives’ Werk periodisch auftritt.

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


Ives: Romanzo di Central Park & other songs


Track 29 on CDA67644 [2'11]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67644 track 29

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 29
    Release date: February 2008
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