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Thread #94336   Message #1951483
Posted By: Songster Bob
29-Jan-07 - 02:43 PM
Thread Name: Common poems set to music
Subject: RE: Common poems set to music
I seem to be one of four folkies and one classical composer who have set Arthur O'Shaunessy's "Ode" to a tune. Elgar did it in 1912, so he beats out Bob Zentz, Lorraine Lee Hammond, Jake Walton and me when it comes to being early in the game.

But who wouldn't want to sing something that starts out,

"We are the music-makers,
We are dreamers of dreams"?

I don't know of any recordings of Bob's, Lorraine's or my setting of it, but Jake Walton did record his. Elgar, who knows? It's a choral piece and there are probably any number of obscure recordings of same.

Someone up-thread said that "Drink to Me Only" comes from Bing Crosby. That would surprise Geo. Washington and his contemporaries, who knew the song pretty well, I'm told.