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The Foundations of Music


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Sung by GEORGE PARKER (Baritone)
Die Allmacht (' Omnipotence ')
Gesang des Harfners—I (' Harper's Song ')
Gruppo aua dem Tartarus (Group from Tartarus)
Der Krcuzzug (The Way of the Cross)
THE first of these songs is a noble hymn of praise in which the pianoforte part has a splendid share, on the text, ' Great is Jehovah the Lord.' With changes of mood to tenderness, strength, and anon deep reverence, the song tolls how all things in the world declare Jehovah's might.
‘HARPER’S SONG ' is the first of the three
Harper's Songs from Gostho's
Wilhelm Moister , of which the second wns sung yesterday evening. Like it, it begins with a soft little prelude and has a suggestion of harp in the accompaniment. It, too, is a sad song in which the harper sines of his solitude, and at last of the peace which he will find in the grave.
The third song, to a mystic poem of Sehillcr's, foils into two divisions, the first part with a pianoforte figure which suggests the shimmering of the sea, and the other more forceful and robust, where the poet speaks of the empty eyes of the figures on which he is gazing.
An atmosphere of holy calm pervades the last song, which tells how a monk stands in his cell and looks from the window to see the world of men passing by. Ho likens his solitary state to a pilgrimage.


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The Foundations of Music

2LO London, 11 December 1928 18.45

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