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Colleen dhas


Colleen dhas (or The valley lay smiling) was composed in Denmark in October 1904 and first performed by an impromptu band of local musicians while Grainger was staying at the home of Herman Sandby’s brother, a village doctor and amateur flautist. It is Grainger’s first 'room-music' setting of a folk-song, taken from Thomas Moore’s ten volumes of Irish melodies which Stanford re-edited in 1895. 'Colleen dhas' is Gaelic for 'pretty maid', and while Grainger was collecting and recording folk-songs in Lincolnshire in 1906, he came across a variant in The pretty maid milkin’ her cow which he also set.

from notes by Steven Lloyd & Edward Johnson © 2020


Grainger: The warriors & other orchestral works
Studio Master: SIGCD2164Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD2164 track 9

Recording date
28 February 1989
Recording venue
South Melbourne Town Hall, Australia
Recording producer
Tim Handley
Recording engineer
Tim Handley
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  1. Grainger: The warriors & other orchestral works (SIGCD2164)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: November 2020
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