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Loin du pays

First line:
Vallons de ma montagne
author of text

Loin du pays was composed and first published in England; the composer’s own words are openly autobiographical. It is surprising that Mrs Weldon allowed such a public avowal of her house composer’s emotional plight. The pentatonic nature of the vocal line and the extreme simplicity of the accompaniment make it an extremely convincing pastiche of folksong style—a haunting refrain that seems to be age-old rather than newly minted.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1993


Gounod: Songs


Track 15 on CDA66801/2 CD1 [2'03] 2CDs

Track-specific metadata for CDA66801/2 disc 1 track 15

Recording date
5 May 1993
Recording venue
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Keith Warren
Hyperion usage
  1. Gounod: Songs (CDA66801/2)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: October 1993
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