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The salley gardens


Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) made highly effective use of a chaconne in his String Quartet No 2 in 1945. Just a couple of years before there appeared his first volume of folk song arrangements, including The salley gardens, written during his ‘exile’ in the United States when he and Peter Pears gave regular recital programmes. Britten went on to compose more than 50 folk-song arrangements, elevating the form to the level of art song. The salley gardens is a traditional Irish song whose haunting beauty is much enhanced by its simple, yet imaginatively conceived accompaniment, and perfectly captures the feelings of lost love outlined by W B Yeats. This arrangement for violin and piano is no less intimate.

from notes by David Truslove © 2020


An Irish Songbook
SIGCD239Download only
Between the clouds
Studio Master: SIGCD652Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Britten, Bryars & Tavener: Around Britten
Studio Master: SIGCD318Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Britten: Complete Folk Song Arrangements
CDA66941/22CDs Archive Service
Britten: Michelangelo Sonnets & Winter Words
CDH55067Archive Service
Proud Songsters
Studio Master: KGS0052-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Romantic Residues


Track 1 on CDA66941/2 CD1 [2'31] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 11 on CDA67725 [2'48]
Track 9 on CDH55067 [2'40] Archive Service
Track 2 on KGS0052-D [2'39] Download only
Track 23 on SIGCD239 [2'52] Download only
Track 15 on SIGCD318 [2'33] Download only
Track 15 on SIGCD652 [2'11] Download only

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