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An English Day-Book

composer
author of text
various texts texts by Thomas Ravenscroft, Sir Thomas Browne, Thomas Cutwode, Thomas Nashe, John Fletcher and Thomas Vautor

 
A Day-Book is a diary or a journal: a book in which to record the events of the day. In this piece, Elizabeth Poston has linked together a sequence of sacred and profane poems in which the small-scale happenings of the day are symbolically identified with the procession of the seasons of the year and, by further augmentation, with the span of life itself.

The contrasting conceptions of faith and superstition, of birth and death, of dawn and dusk, contribute alike to a serene, philosophical interpretation of our earthly destiny in terms of lyrical song. The sequence of poems is cyclical, beginning and ending with the bellman’s (or town crier’s) curfew call: “Cover the coal”.

from notes by John Gardner © 1969

Recordings

Britten: A Ceremony of Carols; Poston: An English Day-Book
Studio Master: SIGCD228Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

No 01: The Bellman’s Song  Maids to bed and cover coal
Track 13 on SIGCD228 [1'11] Download only
No 02: Te Lucis ante terminum
Track 14 on SIGCD228 [1'40] Download only
No 03: A Night Curse  Within and without
Track 15 on SIGCD228 [1'17] Download only
No 04: Lemady: Maying Song  Arise! arise! arise!
Track 16 on SIGCD228 [2'46] Download only
No 05: A Charm Against The Bumble Bee  Avaunt from us, false Bumble Bee
Track 17 on SIGCD228 [2'52] Download only
No 06: Interlude for Harp
Track 18 on SIGCD228 [1'55] Download only
No 07: The Noonday Heat  Tell me, lovely shepherd
Track 19 on SIGCD228 [2'18] Download only
No 08: Running Set: Spring  Spring, the sweet spring
Track 20 on SIGCD228 [1'35] Download only
No 09: Evening Song  Farewell! Shepherds all
Track 21 on SIGCD228 [1'24] Download only
No 10: Sweet Suffolk Owl
Track 22 on SIGCD228 [1'52] Download only
No 11: The Bellman’s Song  Maids to bed and cover coal!Maids to bed and cover coal
Track 23 on SIGCD228 [0'53] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD228 track 19

The Noonday Heat
Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-10-22819
Duration
2'18
Recording date
3 May 2010
Recording venue
Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland
Recording producer
Alexander Van Ingen
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Britten: A Ceremony of Carols; Poston: An English Day-Book (SIGCD228)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: September 2010
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