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The program started off ascetically with "Six Studies in English Folksong" which the program warned us were "very melancholic," continued with a song cycle for violin and tenor called "Along the Field" to poems by A.E. Houseman, and finished off the first half with insanely Pre-Raphaelite lushness to a song cycle set to Dante Gabriel Rosetti poems called "The House of Life."
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He also got me into A.E. Houseman, who wrote a lot of poems about dead young men his poetry became very popular during WWI.
I would remind you, if you really want to go back to another time, in the 19th century, A.E. Houseman wrote a poem to an athlete dying young, where he said, Well, maybe it's consolation that you died before your skills withered and you weren't able to do it, and you had to look back on when you were great.
And working on that above quote, I will start speaking about ‘Loveliest of Trees, The Cherry Now’ by A.E. Houseman and ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ by William Butler Yeats.
The title Blood’s a Rover comes from A.E. Houseman, and the stanza from which it’s taken finishes, ‘Up lad, when the journey’s over/There’ll be time enough for sleep’.
Finzi, and Vaughan Williams all set poems by A.E. Houseman to music, too.)
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