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Little Elegy

First line:
Without you no rose can grow
author of text

I have known and admired Ned Rorem for many years. More than any other American composer Ned has focused singers’ attention on the art song as a means of expression. In his vast output of song there are many glorious pieces to be found. One quiet stunner is this song, Little Elegy, written in 1949. With the simple rise and fall of parallel chords accompanying a step-wise melody, Rorem depicts the bleakness of life when there is no love.

from notes by Robert White © 1997


Sure on this shining night
CDA66920Archive Service


Track 19 on CDA66920 [1'15] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA66920 track 19

Recording date
31 July 1996
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Sure on this shining night (CDA66920)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: April 1997
    Deletion date: August 2018
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