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The arrow and the song

First line:
I shot an arrow into the air
author of text

The arrow and the song seems to have been composed in 1885 and specifically for the English market; there was no French version published, which is surprising considering the very French musical fluidity of the setting. This type of semiquaver accompaniment, gently restless, is reminiscent of Fauré songs like Nell or Notre amour. The music flows from start to finish—the strophic song is dead, long live the through-composed! In his relatively unproductive late sixties Gounod had to acknowledge that the mantle of the mélodie had passed to Fauré’s shoulders, but the old dog can still imitate new tricks better than anyone else.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1993


Gounod: Songs


Track 20 on CDA66801/2 CD2 [2'23] 2CDs

Track-specific metadata for CDA66801/2 disc 2 track 20

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 2 Track 20
    Release date: October 1993
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