Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Love Songs

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Love Songs

Article excerpt

______. LOVE SONGS. Nine Songs to Poems of John Fletcher, Christina Rossetti, Louis Simpson, A. E. Housman, Robert Graves, Henry Carey, W. B. Yeats, Anon. 18th Century. Medium or medium high voice. Gary Schocker, 1997 (CVR, 2005). Mostly major keys; A[musical flat]^sub 3^-6#^sub 5^; Tess: M, mH, Wide; regular meters, varied tempos; V/E-mD, P/E-mD; 28+ pages. Any medium voice.

This collection of songs on familiar texts, with two or three exceptions, strikes one immediately as a curiously déjà vu experience. This is because the tunes of six of the songs sound much like familiar folk tunes with a twist and a turn here and there. The texts definitely are subservient to the melodies and are in strophic form. This approach is quite fitting for "Love's Emblems," "As birds are fitted to the bough," "Sally in our Alley," and "To an Isle in the Water." It gives an odd twist, however, to "When I am dead my dearest," rendering it a quite cheerful song, and to "When I was one and twenty," giving a jaunty, devil-may-care outlook. …

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