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Thread #94336 Message #1824873
Posted By: harpmolly
01-Sep-06 - 03:49 PM
Thread Name: Common poems set to music
Subject: RE: Common poems set to music
Eeech, you're missing one truly excellent McKennitt offering: Alfred Noyes' "The Highwayman", which she did on her last album (The Book Of Secrets). It's got a wonderful dark brooding flavor to it.
I have a great love for the poem, as my grandfather used to recite it at family dinners. I was afraid Loreena would make it twinkly and pretty, but she really does it justice.
I've been flirting with the idea (don't laugh!) of setting Robert Service's "The Cremation of Sam McGee" to the tune of "Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore". The meter fits perfectly, and the slightly eerie Mixolydian melody seems to complement the poem well.
BTW, ANUNA also does a lovely version of "Inisfree".