5 Irish Songs, GP 238 (Bax, Arnold)

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Editor First edition ?
Publisher. Info. London: Murdoch, Murdoch & Co., n.d.[1921]. Plate M. M. & Co. 6.
Misc. Notes Score from Bates College Library, Maine, made available by interloan.
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General Information

Work Title 5 Irish Songs
Alternative. Title
Composer Bax, Arnold
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. GP 238
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 songs
  1. The Pigeons (Colm)
  2. As I came over the grey, grey hills (Campbell)
  3. I heard a piper piping (Campbell)
  4. Across the Door (Colm)
  5. Beg-Innish (Synge)
Text Incipit I heard a piper piping the blue hills among
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1921
First Publication. 1921
Librettist Padraic Colm (1881-1972) (1&4); Joseph Campbell (2&3); John Millington Synge (1871-1909)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation voice, piano
External Links Baxworks site

Misc. Comments

Mentioned in a Murdoch ad in the November 1, 1921 Musical Times (and not as among the works "in press".)

Padraic Colm's dates are 1881-1972, so his songs are not public domain in Canada until 2023. These songs were published individually, together, and in a set with the 3 Irish Songs GP 252 of 1922 (as "9 Irish Songs for voice and piano" - 3+5 does not equal 9, but... well?!...)