MARTIN SHAW (1875-1958): Venizel, Jack Overdue, The Melodies You Sing, The Airmen, Over the Sea, Pity the Poor Fighting Men, The Egg-shell, The Land of Heart's Desire, The Conjuration, The Merry Wanderer, Bab-Lock-Hythe, Child of the Flowing Tide, Full Fathom Five, Bird or Beast?, The Little Waves of Breffny, Come Away, Death, Brookland Road, Summer, The Bubble Song, The Dip, The Rivulet, I Know a Bank, Perilous Ways, Heffle Cuckoo Fair, Old Clothes and Fine Clothes, Over the Sea with the Soldier, When Daisies Pied, At Columbine's Grave, Wood Magic, Tides, Ye Banks and Braes, The Accursed Wood, The World's Delight, The Banks of Allan Water, Invictus, Cuckoo.
Catalogue Number: 06N098
Description: Shaw was an Anglican church musician who also wrote around 70 non-religious songs, many of which set texts by soldiers or others about both World Wars. A couple of pantheistic texts, a few by Shakespeare, some British folk-song settings and a variety of others are interwoven here with the former group. Shaw is direct of expression and engages immediately with his audience in short songs which almost always lack any extended piano preludes or postludes. A note: Britten though well enough of him to make him the first composer commissioned for a work at the Aldeburgh Festival (in 1948). Texts included.