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October Valley

First line:
Under his feet the furrows run
1951; dedicated to and sung by Kathleen Ferrier
author of text

The words of October Valley (1951) are by Nancy Bush (1907–1991). It was dedicated to Kathleen Ferrier, whom Head had met in 1944 when he accompanied her for a BBC broadcast. He recognized her consummate musician­ship and she included this and other songs by him in her repertoire. The song is riven with melancholy, bound together by a refrain heard on the piano.

from notes by Andrew Burn © 2012


Head: Songs


Track 11 on CDA67899 [3'12]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67899 track 11

Recording date
22 January 2010
Recording venue
Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Mellor
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Head: Songs (CDA67899)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: January 2012
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