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Strew no more red roses

10 April 1913
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Strew no more red roses was Bridge’s last setting of Arnold’s verse, the words taken from a long philosophical poem written when the poet was in his early twenties. The poem was finally republished in 1876, at the specific request of Swinburne who admired it. The ‘her’ of line five is not a person but an artistic ideal. The music is considered by some writers to mark a new development in Bridge’s song writing, with wider vocal leaps and a more chromatic piano part; this is in some degree correct, though the octave leap had appeared as early as the composer’s third song, and his first is by no means lacking in chromatic modulation. However, both these fingerprints are now under much greater control.

from notes by Michael Pilkington © 1997


Bridge: Songs
CDD220712CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)


Track 6 on CDD22071 CD2 [2'53] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Track-specific metadata for CDD22071 disc 2 track 6

Recording date
16 January 1997
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Bridge: Songs (CDA67181/2)
    Disc 2 Track 6
    Release date: June 1997
    Deletion date: April 2008
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22071
  2. Bridge: Songs (CDD22071)
    Disc 2 Track 6
    Release date: July 2014
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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