The Curlew (Warlock, Peter)

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Work Title The Curlew
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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 (1895-1951)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation tenor, flute, English horn, string quartet

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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