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Sir Arthur Somervell - A Shropshire Lad

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« on: August 23, 2022, 06:40:35 am »

17.2 Arthur Somervell was born at Windermere in 1863.

His most important contribution to English music is to be found in his five song cycles, which include settings of Tennyson, Housman and Browning. Maud (1898), to poems by Tennyson, has lasted most successfully and is probably his masterpiece. The piano writing is bold and imaginative, and the strikingly memorable vocal lines do full justice to the words. The genuine and consistent level of dramatic power of this work can still be felt.

Here are five songs from the cycle A Shropshire Lad (Housman), composed in 1904.


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Somervell was knighted in 1929.

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