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Two Choral Songs, Op 71

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The two Opus 71 songs, to words by Henry Vaughan, are exquisitely written, deceptive in their (relative) simplicity. In The Shower, the altos and tenors have semiquavers against the tune’s quavers in a couple of places, suggesting the ‘train of drops’ of the title. The second song, The Fountain, refers to a stillness in nature (‘all the earth lay hush’); but then, ‘Only a little fountain lent Some use for ears’. The music of nature was always a potent force for Elgar: as a boy he had been found lying by the River Severn, ‘trying to fix the sounds’ as he wrote many years later.

from notes by Geoffrey Hodgkins © 1998


Elgar: Choral Songs
CDA67019Archive Service
Elgar: Go, song of mine & other choral works
SIGCD315Download only
Elgar: The complete choral songs
CDA66271/22CDs Archive Service


No 1: The Shower  Cloud, if as thou dost melt
Track 2 on CDA66271/2 CD1 [2'35] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 1 on CDA67019 [2'25] Archive Service
Track 16 on SIGCD315 [2'29] Download only
No 2: The Fountain  The unthrift sun shot vital gold
Track 10 on CDA66271/2 CD1 [3'25] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 2 on CDA67019 [3'18] Archive Service
Track 17 on SIGCD315 [3'38] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66271/2 disc 1 track 2

The Shower
Recording date
26 March 1987
Recording venue
The Chapter House, Worcester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
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  1. Elgar: The complete choral songs (CDA66271/2)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: December 1987
    2CDs Archive Service
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