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Day after day

January 1922
author of text

Rabindrinath Tagore was born in Calcutta and wrote in Bengali, translating much of his work into English himself. In 1913 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His collection of religious poems, Gitanjali, was provided with an introduction by W B Yeats, and six of the prose-poems were set to music by the American composer John Alden Carpenter in 1914. In 1917 Tagore published his own translation of his Bengali ‘Lyrics of love and life’ under the title of The Gardener and dedicated them to Yeats. As A E Housman in A Shropshire Lad and R L Stevenson in Songs of Travel, Tagore did not set out to tell a connected story. However, it is possible to select poems which imply one (as Somervell did with A Shropshire Lad and Vaughan Williams did with Songs of Travel). Bridge chose poems 20, 29 and 30, which are closely related love songs. Though composed over a period of three years, and published separately, it is clear Bridge thought of them as a related group. Giving the third song to male voice clarifies the underlying story of a hopeless love affair, in which the two participants are incapable of expressing their true feelings. In Day after day the girl wishes to give the man who ‘only comes and goes away’ some encouragement, but even so is unwilling that he should know where this encouragement comes from. The vague, wandering music expresses her indecision, the twisting melismas on the key phrase ‘he only comes and goes away’ showing her fascination with the mysterious man.

from notes by Michael Pilkington © 1997


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


Track 17 on CDD22071 CD2 [3'58] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Track-specific metadata for CDD22071 disc 2 track 17

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 17
    Release date: June 1997
    Deletion date: April 2008
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22071
  2. Bridge: Songs (CDD22071)
    Disc 2 Track 17
    Release date: July 2014
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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