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Boosey & Hawkes

Charm Of Lullabies Medium Voice Pv

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“A Charm of Lullabies“ came about like this… In 1947, when we had staged“The Rape of Lucretia“ in Holland, Nancy was asked to return there for a series of recitals in January, 1948. Britten heard about this and asked if she would like him to write some songs for the recital programme. The idea of setting a group of lullabies was, of course, his – but I helped in the search for poems sufficiently contrasted in mood and style to keep the audience interested and alert. That necessity largely accounts for the fact that several of the poets are unfamiliar. The Elizabethan Robert Greene, for instance, a contemporary of Shakespeare, who was said to have died “from a surfeit of Rhenish wine and pickled herrings”, Thomas Randolph, a Jacobean poet who died when he was 30, or John Philip, a minor Elizabethan playwright. His play “Patient Griselda”, published in 1565, disappeared until 1907, when one single copy came to light in LordMostyn’s library and was reprinted by the Malone Society.

Category: Vocal

Sub Category 1: Repertoire

Composer: Benjamin Britten

Lyricist: John Philip|Robert Burns|Robert Greene|Thomas Randolph|William Blake

Medium: Softcover

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

ISBN13: 9790060014130

Instrument: Classical Vocal

Voicing: Mezzo-Soprano

Accompaniment: Piano