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The blue bird, Op 119 No 3

First line:
The lake lay blue below the hill
author of text

The blue bird by Charles Villiers Stanford (1854-1924), with words by Mary E Coleridge (1861-1907—novelist, poet and great-grandniece of the famous Coleridge), is his most celebrated part-song. Marked Larghetto tranquillo, this gem is the third of 8 Part-Songs, Opus 119, all settings of texts by Mary Coleridge, who during her lifetime was much better known as a novelist. Highly regarded by a minority including some distinguished figures, her poetry is fresh and direct. Stanford’s admiration of her work was not shared by many of his contemporaries, though Frank Bridge and Hubert Parry are among the exceptions.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2016


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The King's Singers - Gold
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Music of the Spheres
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Track 1 on SIGCD490 [3'53] Download only
Track 18 on SIGCD500 CD2 [3'40] Download only NEW
Track 13 on CDH88008 [3'46] Archive Service
Track 20 on CDH55243 [3'08]
Track 1 on CSCD505 [4'01] Download only
Track 2 on SIGCD447 [3'59] Download only
Track 15 on SIGCD904 [4'10] Download only

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