Strings in the Earth and Air

(1990)
The first song in Hundley's Octaves and Sweet Sounds, "Strings in the Earth and Air," utilizes text by James Joyce and has beautiful, lyric phrases at a moderate tempo that are typical of vocal lines in the bel canto repertoire. 

--Esther Jane Hardenbergh


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The audio recording provided in the audio playlist to the right features Esther Jane Hardenbergh, soprano and Mutsumi Moteki, piano, and the performance took place in Salzburg, Austria on a recital for the Salzburg Chamber Concerts series. To listen, please click on the track name itself.
Strings in the earth and air
by James Joyce

Strings in the earth and air
Make music sweet;
Strings by the river where
The willows meet.

There's music along the river
For Love wanders there,
Pale flowers on his mantle,
Dark leaves on his hair.

All softly playing,
With head to the music bent,
And fingers straying
Upon an instrument.

from Chamber Music

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