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Orpheus with his lute

author of text
Henry VIII III:i

Before turning to the composition of comic operas, Arthur Sullivan devoted himself to serious composition. In his twenties he composed much incidental music for Shakespeare’s plays, including a set of Shakespeare songs. Of these, his ‘Orpheus with his Lute’ from Henry VIII (Act 3, Scene 1), endearing in its grace and simplicity, is considered one of the classic settings of Shakespeare’s words.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2003


More songs my father taught me
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Track 24 on CDA67374 [3'06] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67374 track 24

Recording date
9 January 2002
Recording venue
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. More songs my father taught me (CDA67374)
    Disc 1 Track 24
    Release date: June 2003
    Deletion date: December 2020
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