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The lark in the clear air

First line:
Dear thoughts are in my mind
old Irish air
author of text

The lark in the clear air may be sourced to 1879, when the Swedish harpist Adolf Sjödén visited Sir Samuel Ferguson in Ireland, seeking new melodies: Ferguson’s wife sang him a tune called The tailor that she had learned but which had not apparently been noted before, and Sjödén requested that Ferguson write a poem to fit it. The result was taken down from the singing of Lady Ferguson and published in 1895; Vaughan Williams and Phyllis Tate both made memorable settings.

from notes by Andrew Plant © 2019


The last rose of summer
Studio Master: SIGCD598Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 9 on SIGCD598 [2'10] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD598 track 9

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 9
    Release date: September 2019
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