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My heart is like a singing bird

author of text
1862; A birthday from Goblin Market and other poems

My heart is like a singing bird, a setting of Christina Rossetti’s poem ‘A birthday’ from Goblin Market and other Poems (1862), appeared in Set X, though not published until 1918. The collection dates, however, from 1909 when it was sung at Bechstein Hall on 16 November by Agnes Hamilton Harty (née Nicholls), its dedicatee. An impassioned love song, in much the same tradition as Parry’s other high-class drawing-room creations (such as When comes my Gwen from volume six), My heart is like a singing bird imparts a sense of nervous exhilaration as the singer awaits the arrival of her beloved.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble © 2001


On this Island
CDA67227Archive Service


Track 6 on CDA67227 [1'50] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67227 track 6

Recording date
17 August 2000
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. On this Island (CDA67227)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: May 2001
    Deletion date: September 2006
    Archive Service
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