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Thread #94336   Message #1826357
Posted By: GUEST,Gerry
04-Sep-06 - 02:53 AM
Thread Name: Common poems set to music
Subject: RE: Common poems set to music
Debby McClatchy put two Robert Service poems to music, Cremation of Sam McGee, and Ballad of Blasphemous Bill. I find the setting of Cremation a bit monotonous, but I like her Blasphemous Bill a lot.

Andy Irvine has also recorded Loreena McKennitt's setting of The Highwayman. I don't find his recording at all ponderous.

Andrew Marvell's poem, To His Coy Mistress, was given a nice setting by Diane Tarraz (spelling approximate).

Turn, Turn, Turn is of course Pete Seeger's setting of some verses from Ecclesiastes. There have been many musical settings of bits of Song of Songs (mostly in Hebrew, which original poster may consider too obscure....), also of various psalms.