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The last rose of summer

First line:
'Tis the last rose of summer
composer
traditional Irish, 'The groves of Blarney'
composer
arranger
author of text

 
The air Groves of Blarney was transcribed by Edward Bunting in 1792, and its publication inspired Thomas Moore’s poem The last rose of summer, to which it is now indissolubly wedded. Charles Villiers Stanford considered that the tune had suffered grievously in the process and did his best to make amends, but complained that it was now ‘so well-known in its corrupt version that it is hopeless to restore it completely’. It has nonetheless proved exceptionally popular: Beethoven made two arrangements of the melody, which was also transformed into a fantasia for piano by Mendelssohn, shoehorned into Flotow’s opera Martha as a showpiece, and adapted by several 20th-century composers.

from notes by Andrew Plant © 2019

Recordings

The last rose of summer
SIGCD598Download only 20 September 2019 Release

Details

Track 2 on SIGCD598 [3'57] Download only 20 September 2019 Release

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD598 track 2

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-19-59802
Duration
3'57
Recording date
28 September 2016
Recording venue
Ascot Priory, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Matthew Bennett
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell
Hyperion usage
  1. The last rose of summer (SIGCD598)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: 20 September 2019
    Download only 20 September 2019 Release
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