Op.70f - Birthday Garland: 6 The Nightingale has a Lyre of Gold

Song 6 from The Weston Cycle

Year of composition
William Ernest Henley (1849 - 1903)
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
2 minutes
Classical music
Voice + keyboard
Instrumental parts
Not available

"Sudden Light" (song 5) is too sad to finish this cycle, and a second bird-related text presented itself with a link to music-making too. It opens "come campane" - like bells; the voice and left hand part are in canon whilst the bells toll through various keys. The songs of the three birds are hinted at rather than explicitly stated; A more excited style, and key change, is used to indicate the part of the blackbird’s role in the story of the lovers/ When the lovers are ’together’, the music returns to C major, and with a brief return of the opening melody in the left hand, we finish quietly, serenely, and happily.

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