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Two Songs 1926


In his second set of Two Songs (1926) Ireland returned again to poetry both by Arthur Symons (Tryst) and Dante Gabriel Rossetti (During Music). As with The Trellis, the setting for Tryst is a drowsy summer day, the context sexual, the music sensuous. But the singer waits only—by the end of the song the tryst is yet to be kept, despite the passionate imploring of 'Come soon'. Rippling quavers define the similarly hypnotic mood of During Music. The poet—musically illiterate himself—marvels at the power of music expressed in the piano-playing of his lover … which only enhances his awareness that the rise and fall of the fingers on the keys 'stirs that shade within thy breast'.

from notes by Andrew Green © 1999


Ireland: Songs
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No 1: Tryst 'In fountain court'
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No 2: During music
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