Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Five Volumes of Ten Songs

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Five Volumes of Ten Songs

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Gurney, Ivor (1890-1937). Five Volumes of Ten Songs. Oxford University Press (reproduced by Banks Music Publications), Michael Hurd, editor. (Available through Classical Vocal Reprints.)

Volume I. "The Singer" (Edward Shanks), "The Latmian Shepherd" (Edward Shanks), "Black Stitchel" (Wilfrid Gibson), "Down by the Salley Gardens" (W.B. Yeats), "All Night under the Moon" (Wilfrid Gibson), "Nine of the Clock" (John Doyle), "You are my Sky" (J.C. Squire), "Ha'nacker Mill" (Hilaire Belloc), "When Death to either shall come" (Robert Bridges), "Cathleen nl Houlihan" (W.B. Yeats). Volume 2. "The Scribe" (Walter de la Mare), "The Boat Is Chafing" (John Davidson), "Bread and Cherries" (Walter de la Mare), "An Epitaph" (Walter de la Mare), "Blaweary" (Wilfrid Gibson), "A Sword" (Robin Flower), "The Folly of Being Comforted" (W.B Yeats), "Hawk and Buckle" (John Doyle), "Last Hours" (John Freeman), "Epitaph In Old Mode" (J.C. Squire). Volume 3. "Shepherd's Song" (Ben Johnson), "The Happy Tree" (Gerald Gould), "The Cherry Trees" (Edward Thomas), "I Shall Be Ever Malden" (Bliss Carman), "Ploughman Singing" (John Clare), "I Praise the Tender Flowers" (Robert Bridges), "Snow" (Edward Thomas), "Thou Didst Delight My Eyes" (Robert Bridges), "The Ship" (J.C. Squire), "Goodnight to the Meadow" (Robert Graves). Volume 4. "Even Such is Time" (Sir Walter Raleigh), "Brown is My Love" (Anon: 16th century), "Love Shakes My Soul" (Bliss Carman), "Most Holy Night" (Hilaire Belloc), "To Violets" (Robert Herrick), "On the Downs" (John Masefield), "A Piper" (Seumas O'Sullivan), "A Cradle Song" (W.B. Yeats), "The Fiddler of Dooney" (W.B. Yeats), "In Flanders" (F.W. Harvey). Volume 5. "By a Bierside" (John Masefield), "Desire in Spring" (Francis Ledwidge), "Severn Meadows" (Ivor Gurney), "Song of Ciabhan" (Ethna Carbery), "The Apple Orchard" (Bliss Carman), "The cloths of heaven" (W.B. Yeats), "The fields of full" (Edward Shanks), "The night of Trafalgar" (Thomas Hardy), "The twa corbies" (Border ballad), "Walking song" (F.W. Harvey).

... It is my belief that not more than five or six [song composers] since Campion and Dowland have brought to their task a literary perception equal to his. It is direct and experienced knowledge of poetry-the poet's "creative" knowledge-that so often lends beauty and power to his approach. This it is that enables him so often to find that first engendering phrase of a song. …

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