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West London

First line:
Crouch’d on the pavement close by Belgrave Square
author of text

West London (1921) is a piercing setting of a Matthew Arnold poem on the effects of poverty. The music stems from Ives’s never-finished Matthew Arnold Overture, one of his series of ‘Men of Literature’ overtures (of which only the Robert Browning Overture was ever completed). In the final bars of the song Ives quotes, off key, the hymn tune ‘There is a Fountain filled with Blood’.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2005

Pénétrante mise en musique d’un poème de Matthew Arnold sur les effets de la pauvreté, West London (1921) tire ses notes de la Matthew Arnold Overture, ouverture inachevée de la série ivesienne des «Men of Literature» (seule la Robert Browning Overture fut jamais terminée). Dans les dernières mesures, le compositeur cite, en marge de la mélodie principale, l’air de l’hymne «Il y a une fontaine remplie de sang».

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2005
Français: Hypérion

West London (1921) ist eine bewegende Vertonung eines Gedichtes von Matthew Arnold über die Folgen der Armut. Die Musik stammt aus Ives’ niemals abgeschlossener Matthew Arnold Overture, eine der Ouvertüren aus Ives’ Werkreihe „Männer der Literatur“ (von denen nur die Robert Browning Overture abgeschlossen wurde). In den letzten Takten des Liedes zitiert Ives, in einer anderen Tonart wohlgemerkt, das geistliche Lied „There is a Fountain Filled with Blood“ [„Es ist ein Born, draus heil’ges Blut für arme Sünder quillt“].

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2011
Deutsch: Elke Hockings


Ives: A Song - For Anything


Track 11 on CDA67516 [3'21]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67516 track 11

Recording date
12 November 2004
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Ives: A Song - For Anything (CDA67516)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: September 2005
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