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Flying crooked, Op 28 No 1

First line:
The butterfly, the cabbage white
author of text

In ‘Flying crooked’, Graves’s whimsical poem about a cabbage-white butterfly, the prevailing mood of levity is given extra lightness by the use of playful pizzicatos. It ends with a whole tone scale on the word ‘crooked’, which not only mirrors perfectly the haphazard flight of the unfortunate butterfly in question but also adds to the feeling of mock-gravitas. It is one of Venables’s most popular songs and came about as the result of having being sent the poem by the late Lady Bliss, to whom the song is dedicated and at whose home it received its first performance.

from notes by Graham J Lloyd © 2010


Venables: At midnight
SIGCD204Download only
Venables: The Song of the Severn & other songs
Studio Master: SIGCD424Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 6 on SIGCD204 [1'10] Download only
Track 10 on SIGCD424 [1'11] Download only

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