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John Ireland - "Spring Will Not Wait"

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  1. MarkB

    MarkB Member Piano Society Artist

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    Hello,

    here is my recording of another John Ireland piece - "Spring Will Not Wait".

    It was written in February 1927 and it is prefaced with the quotation :

    "Spring will not wait the loiterer's time
    Who keeps so long away;"

    which is from the 39th part of the A.E. Housman poem "A Shropshire Lad" : http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~martinh/poems/housman.html#ASLxxxix. This poem inspired many English composers in the early twentieth century.

    I've also made a video recording (poorer sound quality) which can be found here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZrB620Tx5g.

    I hope you enjoy it.


    Ireland - Spring Will Not Wait
     
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    Yes I enjoyed this. But then I'm very fond of Ireland's music. This piece is not as good as others I know though. I miss his usual clear sense of purpose, and the modulations seem a bit tortured. Not quite vintage Ireland IMO. Very emphatically played as usual.
     
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    It is possible that the reason it isn't one his most successful pieces is that the piece forms the final part of his song cycle "We'll to the Woods no more", the first two movements being for voice and piano.

    So it is probably more of an epilogue than a piece in its own right I suppose.

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