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Tutto è sciolto

1932; Ireland's contribution to 'The Joce Book'
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Tutto è sciolto (1932) was Ireland's contribution to 'The Joyce Book' in which thirteen different composers set poems from James Joyce's collection Pomes Penyeach. Among the other contributors were Herbert Howells, Arthur Bliss, E J Moeran, Roger Sessions and Albert Roussel. The book was edited by Herbert Hughes, who also composed a setting. The title of Joyce's poem Tutto è sciolto, as Ireland noted in lines attached to his song, derives from Elvino's lament over his bride Amina's apparent infidelity at the beginning of the second act of Bellini's opera La Sonnambula, to which several allusions are made in Joyce's Ulysses. Joyce's poem is a twilight reflection on lost romantic opportunities, to which Ireland responds with music of subtle, if chromatic, tenderness, while making no musical reference to the Bellini aria.

from notes by Andrew Green © 1999


An Irish Songbook
SIGCD239Download only
Ireland: Songs


Track 12 on CDA67261/2 CD1 [1'52] 2CDs
Track 18 on SIGCD239 [2'01] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA67261/2 disc 1 track 12

Recording date
1 September 1998
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Mike Clements & Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Ireland: Songs (CDA67261/2)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: June 1999
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