THREE EARLY SONGS

THREE EARLY SONGS

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Composer's note:  Three Early Songs (1949
to 1954) were all written in my teens.  Song was given to
two close friends as a wedding present.  The mention of Tristram
inevitably led a young composer to toy with the harmonies of Tristan
and Isolde
for a spell.  “Irish Poet’s Learn Your Trade”
is a part of Under Ben Bulben by Yeats, which also contains his
epitaph. Its metric was `used by Auden for part of his memorial tribute
to him. Like the first song, this one quotes – only this time it’s
Schoenberg, the Fourth Quartet.  Death by William Carlos
Williams was poured out by me in grief and is the earliest song of the
three.  Notice how it begins with Siegfried’s death chord.

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