Arthur Somervell

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Born: June 5, 1863; Windermere, England   Died: May 2, 1937; London, England  
Educated at Cambridge, Berlin's Hochschule für Musik, and the Royal College of Music, Somervell took a teaching position at the RCM in 1894. He was later appointed inspector of music to the Board of Education, a position that was to occupy much of his time and energy and perhaps detracted from his compositional career. In this capacity he worked to establish music as a genuine subject in schools of all levels. Somervell never stopped Read more composing, however, and wrote pieces in almost every genre. He is most remembered for his choral compositions that were more accessible to average voices. His Passion of Christ, a short oratorio, is an example of this type of writing. His most important work is to be found in his five song cycles that set the work of Tennyson, Housman, and Browning, of which "Maud," a setting of poems by Tennyson, is perhaps his masterpiece. Although his music was not adventurous, he was a fine craftsman of powerful works. Read less
English Song Series 2 - Somervell: Shropshire Lad, James Lee's Wife
Release Date: 11/19/2002   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557113   Number of Discs: 1
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speaks at the window
By the fireside
In the doorway
On the cliff
Among the rocks
Lovliest of trees
When I was one-and-twenty
There pass the careless people
In summer-time on Bredon
The street sounds to a soldier's tread
On the idle hill of summer
White in the moon the long road lies
Think no more lad, laugh, be jolly
Into my heart an air that kills
The lads in their hundreds
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speaks at the window
By the fireside
In the doorway
On the cliff
Among the rocks
Lovliest of trees
When I was one-and-twenty
There pass the careless people
In summer-time on Bredon
The street sounds to a soldier's tread
On the idle hill of summer
White in the moon the long road lies
Think no more lad, laugh, be jolly
Into my heart an air that kills
The lads in their hundreds


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