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Hope the hornblower

before 1911
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Hope the Hornblower (pre-1911) is the archetypal galloping song. The words are by one of the masters of stirring, patriotic verse, Sir Henry Newbolt (1862-1938). Newbolt had a special interest in the sea but here remains a landlubber, depicting the thrill of riding out to hunt. Such hearty, fresh-air music may not be to everyone's taste, but taken on its merits Ireland's setting is nothing if not exhilarating, the music matching the excitement of the poem in every bar.

from notes by Andrew Green © 1999


Ireland: Songs


Track 32 on CDA67261/2 CD1 [2'04] 2CDs

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