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All things that we clasp and cherish

21 January 1907
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Was wir leiblich fest besessen, from Schattenküsse, Schattenliebe
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The Heine solo setting All things that we clasp and cherish is concerned with one of the composer’s perennial subjects: the inevitable decay of beauty. The first verse is, perhaps wisely, omitted by Bridge:

Shadow-love and shadow kisses,
Life of shadows, wondrous strange!
Shall all hours be sweet as this is,
Silly darling, safe from change?

As a result he is forced to set the second verse twice, one four-line stanza being somewhat short for a whole song; the music is so arranged that the repetition is not immediately obvious.

from notes by Michael Pilkington © 1997


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