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Spring sorrow

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The hauntingly simple, perennially popular Spring Sorrow marked a return for Ireland to the poetry of Rupert Brooke, an early victim of the war. (He died on a hospital ship in the Aegean in 1915.) While initially seeming to breathe relief at the arrivai of another spring, the ultimately bitter-sweet message is summed up in the final lines ' … the hawthorn hedge puts forth its buds / And my heart puts forth its pain'—perhaps intended by Ireland as an expression of hope viewed through the suffering of almost four years of war. It is said that the published ending was selected by a pupil of Ireland's to whom the composer played three possible conclusions. An early example of musical multiple choice.

from notes by Andrew Green © 1999


Ireland: Songs
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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
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  1. Ireland: Songs (CDA67261/2)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: June 1999
    2CDs Last few CD copies remaining
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