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If thou art sleeping, maiden

1872/3; also set to French words as Viens, les gazons sont verts
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If thou art sleeping, maiden is a Longfellow setting long obscured by its French double Viens, les gazons sont verts. This has long been one of Gounod’s most popular songs and it is no small pleasure to reclaim it as part of the English song repertory. These songs form almost as important a part of our song heritage as the canzonets of that other distinguished visitor, Haydn. It is high time that the English Gounod is gathered together in printed form. The querulous shade of Mrs Weldon deserves our acknowledgement and gratitude; thanks to her machinations in the 1870s, French song’s temporary loss is English song’s recoverable gain.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1993


Gounod: Songs


Track 22 on CDA66801/2 CD2 [1'11] 2CDs

Track-specific metadata for CDA66801/2 disc 2 track 22

Recording date
7 July 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 22
    Release date: October 1993
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