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The heavenly aeroplane

First line:
One of these nights about twelve o' clock
author of text

I discovered the text of The heavenly aeroplane in W. H. Auden’s classic edition of The Oxford Book of Light Verse. It is a folk-song from the Ozark mountains in Missouri, collected by Vance Randolph in the 1930s, doubtless with its own tune, but I was so charmed by the text, a twentieth-century updating of the familiar image of the gospel train, that I wrote a new tune for it, albeit in the slightly later style of 1950s rock and roll.

from notes by John Rutter © 2001


Rutter: Feel the Spirit & Birthday Madrigals
CSCD523Download only


Track 15 on CSCD523 [1'45] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CSCD523 track 15

Recording date
0 April 2001
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Simon Eadon
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Rutter: Feel the Spirit & Birthday Madrigals (CSCD523)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: November 2013
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