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My Favourite Ballads


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A Recital by Joseph Farrington (Bass).

Masefield's breezy ballad of the man who 'must go down to the sea again' has attracted several Composers. Of all the settings John Ireland's seems best to achieve (in the last line of each verse) the sense of longing that the poem expresses-the longing to answer 'the wild call... that may not be denied'.
The late Charles Wood's Ethiopia saluting the Colours is a vivid little picture (the words are Walt Whitman's) of an old Negro woman, 'so ancient, hardly human', rising from the roadside to curtsey to the troops as they march through Carolina, and telling her story to the onlooker, who sees in her a personification of ancient wrongs.


Bass: Joseph Farrington

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My Favourite Ballads

5WA Cardiff, 23 July 1927 20.35

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