Parting

(1947/1995)

by Peter Sculthorpe

Description
voice and piano
Contributors
Heine H (Author)
Duration
Genres
Tenor
Text
Heinrich Heine trans. Robert Garran
Languages
English
Commission

Written especially for Gerald English to mark the occasion of his 70th birthday

First Performance
5.11.1995, Eugene Goossens Hall, Sydney, Australia: Gerald English/Ian Munro
Availability

B3 score (fp) 0-571-55529-2 on sale

Programme Notes
When I was a schoolboy, I discovered a book of poetry by Heinrich Heine. The poems had been lovingly translated into English by Robert Garran. A few years later, I set some of them to music. Unfortunately, the present song is all that remains. It was originally called Wenn zwei voneinander scheiden.
 
In 1995, my good friend Belinda Webster decided to organize a concert in celebration of Gerald English’s seventieth birthday. I revised the song especially for the occasion. Gerald and I have known each other for many years: we first met in 1960, at the Attingham Park Summer School in Shropshire.
P.S.

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