James Joyce's Chamber music
- musical settings by G. Molyneux Palmer ; edited and with an introduction by Myra Teicher Russel.
- Uniform Title
- Chamber music, high voice, piano
- Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1993.
- Physical description
- 1 score (xxiv, 116 p.) ; 28 cm.
- Palmer, G. Molyneux (Geoffrey Molyneux), 1882-1957.
- Joyce, James, 1882-1941.
- Russel, Myra Teicher, 1920-2005
- Foreword by Harris Levin Preface Acknowledgments Introduction
- 1. Background
- 2. The Poems
- 3. The Songs Notes The Songs of G. Molyneax Palmer Musical Foreword by Robert White Explanatory Note I. Strings in the earth and air II. The twilight turns from amethyst III. At that hour IV. When the shy star V. Lean out the window VI. I would in that sweet bosom be VII. My love is in a light attire VIII. Who goes amid the green wood IX. Winds of May X. Bright cap and streamers XI. Bid adieu XIII. Go seek her out XIV. My dove, my beautiful one XV. From dewy dreams XVI. O cool is the valley XVII. Because your voice XIX. Be not sad XX. In the dark pinewood XXI. He who hath glory lost XXII. Of that so sweet imprisonment XXIII. This heart that flutters near my heart XXIV. Silently sheOs combing XXV. Lightly come or lightly go XXVI. Thou leanest to the shell of night XXVII. Though I thy Mithridates were XXVIII. Gentle lady XXX. Love came to us in time gone by XXXI. O it was out by Donnycarney XXXIV. Sleep now XXXV. All day I hear XXXVI. I hear an army Alternate Setting of OO it was out by Donnycarney, O facsimile of the manuscript Appendix: Other Composers of Chanmber Music Index.
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James Joyce's first published work, a little book of poems entitled "Chamber Music", appeared in 1907. Graceful, delicate, and patterned after Elizabethan 'ayres', the lyrics heralded the musical quality of language intrinsic to Joyce's genius. Joyce himself called the poems 'a suite of songs' and stated that they 'were meant to be set to music'. Joyce described the settings by Geoffrey Molyneux Palmer (1882-1957) as 'elegant' and 'distinguished' and made strenuous efforts to get them published and performed. However, the composer was strangely reluctant, and for many years the music was presumed lost. Joyce was aware of only 10 settings, but when the manuscripts were recently found - at Morris Library of the University of Southern Illinois - it was revealed that Palmer had written music for 32 of the 36 poems. This, their first publication, fulfills a hope that Joyce never abandoned and that Palmer expressed belatedly. Myra Russel's introduction offers fresh perspectives on Joyce's remarkable poetry, biographical material on Palmer, some of his correspondence with Joyce, and analyses of selected poems and settings.
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- Publication date
- Settings for voice and piano of 32 of Joyce's 36 poems that comprise the latter's Chamber music.
- Includes index.
- Companion recording "James Joyce's Chamber music" published by Indiana University Press.
- Companion recording shelved in Archive of Recorded Sound by accession number (C-31).
- Related Work
- Chamber music.
- 025334994X (spiral)
- 9780253349941 (score)
- 0253350611 (cassette)
- 9780253350619 (cassette)
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