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Program Four • Heirs and Rebels: British Art Songs

August 6

Add to Calendar2023-08-06 10:00 am2023-08-06 10:00 amEDTProgram Four • Heirs and Rebels: British Art SongsOlin Hall,
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Program Four traces the evolution of a uniquely British sound through songs by the once-hugely-popular Maude Valérie White, Liza Lehrmann, and Roger Quilter; tragic figures George Butterworth and Ivor Gurney; occult-obsessed Peter Warlock; BBC music director Arthur Bliss; Vaughan Williams’s woefully underrated students Elizabeth Maconchy and Ina Boyle; and scions of the next generation Benjamin Britten and Gerald Finzi, whose Shakespearean song cycle, Let Us Garlands Bring, was written as a gift to the older composer. Vaughan Williams himself is represented by settings of verse by poets including his second wife, Ursula.


10am performance with commentary by Byron Adams; with Tyler Duncan, baritone; Maximillian Jansen, tenor; Katherine Lerner Lee, soprano; Hailey McAvoy, mezzo-soprano; Kayo Iwama and Erika Switzer, piano

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958

Selections from Songs of Travel (1906), Four Poems by Fredegond Shove (1925), and Four Last Songs (publ. posthumously, 1958)

Maude Valérie White (1855–1937)

“Last Year” from Two Songs (1900)

Liza Lehmann (1862–1918)

Evensong (1916)

Roger Quilter (1877–1953)

Love’s Philosophy (1904)

Peter Warlock (1894–1930)

My Own Country (1927)
Pretty Ring Time (1925)

George Butterworth (1885–1916)

Selections from Six Songs from “A Shropshire Lad” (1912)  

Ivor Gurney (1890–1937)

Selections from Five Elizabethan Songs (1912)

Elizabeth Maconchy (1907–94)

Ophelia’s Song (1929)

Ina Boyle (1889–1967)

The Stolen Child (1925)

Benjamin Britten (1913–76)

Selections from Winter Words, Op. 52 (1953)

Gerald Finzi (1901–56)

Let Us Garlands Bring, Op. 18 (1942)

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