The Curlew (Warlock, Peter)

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Sheet Music


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Publisher. Info. London: Stainer & Bell, 1924.
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General Information

Work Title The Curlew
Alternative. Title
Composer Warlock, Peter
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IPW 13
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 continuous sections linked by interludes
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1920-22
First Publication. 1924
Librettist William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
Language English
Dedication Cecil Gray
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation tenor, flute, English horn, string quartet

Misc. Comments

This work sets four Yeats poems, linked by instrumental interludes:
"He Reproves the Curlew" ("O Curlew, cry no more in the air"): rehearsal E
"The lover mourns for the loss of love" ("Pale brows, still hands and dim hair"): rehearsal J
"The Withering of the Boughs" ("I cried when the moon was murmuring to the birds"): rehearsal N
"He Hears the Cry of the Sedge" ("I wander by the edge of this desolate lake"): page 23, after rehearsal Z