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The New Imperial Edition Mezzo Soprano Songs
The New Imperial Edition of Solo Songs has been designed as a chronological anthology of song from the Lutenists down to the present day. As other albums will be devoted exclusively to operatic and oratorio arias these are generally omitted from the present volumes.
Manifestly, the selection must be indicative rather than comprehensive or merely exclusive and is essentially practical, not personal. Each song is briefly annotated and, except where indicated, appears in the original key or is set for the voice which it is normally associated.
Apart from obvious restrictions, the choice has been largely determined by certain positive needs. To provide the singing teacher and student alike with a working catalogue as a basis for more specialized research into the varied treasure of the literature of song; to give the festival committees and examination bodies a ready way of governing without unduly restricting the dangerous freedom of choice classes; to present the would-be accompanist with a convenient means of studying the many-sided aspects of the exacting technique; and, lastly, to offer to all singers, whether amateur or professional, a practical and logical conspectus of the diversities of lyrical song over a period of some three hundred years. If, in addition these books will do something to combat the present-day weakness for vocal exhibitionism or narrow eclecticism the labour of their preparation will be doubly justified.
R. Strauss: Alone in the Forest (Waldseligkeit)
Handel: Angels Ever Bright and Fair
Brahms: The Blacksmith (Der Schmied)
Schumann: The Bride's Song (Lied der Braut)
Schubert: Cradle Song (Wiegenlied)
Bishop/Rowley: Deep in My Heart
Quilter: Dream Valley
Handel: Dryads, Sylvans (from Time and Truth)
Howells: Girls' Song
Handel: Here amid the shady woods -Purcell: I attempt from love's sickness to fly
Taubert: In a Strange Land (In der Fremde)
Beethoven: Know’st thou the land (Kennst du das Land)
Rosa: Let me linger near thee (Star Vicino)
Haydn: My mother bids me bind my hair
Haydn: Now the dancing sunbeams play (The Mermaid's Song)
Purcell: Nymphs and Shepherds
Sullivan: Orpheus with his lute
Brahms: Parting (Muss es eine Trennung)
Schubert: Peace (Du bist die Ruh')
Wagner: Slumber Song (Dors, mon enfant)
Schumann: Somebody (Jemand)
Brahms: Spring's Secret (Der Frühling)
Rachmaninoff: To the Children (Aux enfants)
Berlioz: The Undiscovered Country (L'ile inconnue)
Mozart: The Violet (Das Veilchen)
Arne: When daisies pied
Dowland: Who ever thinks or hopes of love
Schubert: The Wild Rose (Heiden Röslein)
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