THE BBC NORTHERN ORCHESTRA
Conductors, GEORGE F. STEAD and T. H. MORRISON 1. How sweet the silent backwater tracings
2. I stand as on some mighty eagle's back
3. Passage to you
4. Joy, shipmate, joy
5. Now finale to the shore
The words of the ' Songs of Farewell ' are taken, as so many of Delius's songs are, from the poems of Walt Whitman, the five stanzas which make up the whole being drawn from the poet's ' Songs of Parting' and ' Sands at Seventy '. ' Songs of Farewell' was one of the composer's last works which he dictated to Eric Fenby. In his book on Delius Mr. Fenby tells us that Delius ' dictated with great rapidity, and, with one or two exceptions-for instance, the closing bars of " Songs of Farewell "-the accompanying mood was one of frenzy and great physical activity. He could not keep still, but would wriggle about in his armchair gesticulating wildly with his hands to a degree that would have been impossible in a more collected mood until, bathed in perspiration he could go on no longer. Then he would be carried away exhausted '.
I. Entry of the Master of the Games 2. Venus, Juno and Pallas
3. Diana, Dryads and Naiades 4. Bacchus and the Bacchantes
5. Apparition; 6. Phoebus takes his
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