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Yeats poems set to music

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DOWN IN A WILLOW GARDEN
DOWN IN MY SALLY'S GARDEN
SALLY GARDENS


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Song of Wandering Aengus Discography (21)
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Lyr Add: Sally Gardens (W.B. Yeats) (23)
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Lyr Add: Sally's Garden (parody) (4)
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Chord Req: Down By the Salley Gardens (7)
Help: Yeats (53)
Tune Req: Maids of the Mountain Shore/Sally Garden (4)
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Lyr Req: Stolen Child (Yeats) (5)
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Subject: Yeats poems set to music
From: Bearheart
Date: 16 May 02 - 08:07 AM

I'm very fond of Yeats and sing several of his poems set to music-- Song of Wandering Aengus, Lake Isle of Innisfree, Salley Gardens.

Does any one know of other poems that have tunes, especially ones that have been recorded?

Thanks

Bekki


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Subject: RE: BS: Yeats poems set to music
From: GUEST
Date: 16 May 02 - 08:23 AM

Try here (you'll need to scroll down to "W.B. Yeats - Now And In Time To Be").

Also check this link (Claire Roche's "Dancing In The Wind").


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Subject: RE: BS: Yeats poems set to music
From: Bearheart
Date: 16 May 02 - 08:28 AM

Thanks, Guest! Hadn't heard of this CD. Also the music store is a great resource.

Bekki


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Subject: RE: BS: Yeats poems set to music
From: Bearheart
Date: 16 May 02 - 08:32 AM

PS will also check out the other one.

Bekki


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Subject: RE: BS: Yeats poems set to music
From: Peg
Date: 16 May 02 - 09:47 AM

A guitarist I used to be in a band with wrote several songs of this kind. I am not sure if he has recorded them in his new band, but they do have several CDs out. He set music to the poems "Three Things" and "The Hosting of the Sidhe" that were very good; I performed the second one while we sere still together, and we were working on the first one.

Their name is Bedlam, they play mostly at Renaissance faires, and I think there is a website somewhere but I don't know what it is.


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Subject: RE: BS: Yeats poems set to music
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 16 May 02 - 09:56 AM

better than that CD, which is pretty forgettable, to me, is any of Sean Tyrrell's recordings, all three of which, I believe, have at least one Yeat's poem he has set to music, not badly. Given a little time, I could and will compile a longer list of Yeat's poems that have been sung.


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Subject: RE: BS: Yeats poems set to music
From: GUEST,Declan
Date: 16 May 02 - 10:14 AM

Sean Tyrell has a great version of 'The Stolen Child', its on one of his CDs, I can't remember which. There is also a different version of this on the Waterboy's "Fisherman's Blues" album in which Tomas Mac Eoin recites the verse and Mike Scott sings the chorus.

I think Christy Moore may do a version of the Stolen Child, I'm not sure if this is the same as the Sean Tyrell verion or not. He also has a version of 'The Song of Wandering Aenghus'.

I also remember a singer from Northern Ireland called Jane Cassidy who had set this poem to a beautiful air, which as far as I remember she wrote herself. I haven't heard of Jane in a good few years now, and I don't know if this version was ever recorded.


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Subject: RE: BS: Yeats poems set to music
From: Lyrical Lady
Date: 16 May 02 - 10:36 AM

The "Cloths of Heaven" is a beautiful poem set to music as well.

LL


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Subject: RE: BS: Yeats poems set to music
From: GUEST,Den at work
Date: 16 May 02 - 10:44 AM

The Song of Wandering Aengus appears on Christy Moore's Ride On CD. The Water Boys do a version of The Stolen Child on their Fisherman's Blues CD.


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Subject: RE: BS: Yeats poems set to music
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 16 May 02 - 10:53 AM

I've posted elsewhere a long list of recordings of 'Wandering Aengus', didn't think it needed mentioning here, but if you haven't seen it, maybe check it out. the thread is called Song of Wandering Angus Discography, I think, or an earlier version was Tune Add: Song of Wandering Angus


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Subject: RE: BS: Yeats poems set to music
From: michaelr
Date: 16 May 02 - 09:21 PM

Loreena McKennitt does "The Stolen Child" to her own tune which is very pretty. It's on her "Elemental" album (Quinlan Road, 1985).

We had a thread just the other day about "The Host of the Air", which Sean Tyrell sings on Davy Spillane's CD "Shadow Hunter" (Tara, 1990).

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: BS: Yeats poems set to music
From: Paddy Plastique
Date: 17 May 02 - 04:21 AM

Phil Callery does a version of 'Stolen Child' on his 'From the Edge of Memory' CD
He says he learnt it during a weekend on Inishbofin at which Frank Harte was also present
Not clear whether this means he learnt it from FH, though
I assume it's the same version mentioned in other posts


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Subject: RE: BS: Yeats poems set to music
From: GUEST,Adolfo
Date: 17 May 02 - 04:33 AM

Then there is this Italian singer, Angelo Branduardi. One of his works deals entirely with Yeats' poems. AS far as I remember, they are all sung in English. Lovely tunes, with a distinctive medieval flavour.


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Subject: RE: BS: Yeats poems set to music
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 17 May 02 - 08:58 AM

the Branduardi recording is Yeats in Italian, not English, including Donovan's setting of Song of Wandering Aengus, all In Italian


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Subject: RE: BS: Yeats poems set to music
From: Jacob B
Date: 17 May 02 - 10:41 AM

"The Fiddler of Dooney" has been set to music. The only recording of it which I am sure about was by County Down. They were a group from Maine which disbanded several years ago, so I don't expect that will help you find a recording, but there may be other recordings available.

Jacob


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Subject: RE: Yeats poems set to music
From: Peg
Date: 17 May 02 - 02:37 PM

well, this was on a Wandering Aengus thread, butIi will also mention the version of that poem set to music by my friend composer barbara Blatner, who plays piano to my vocals on the groups Urban Myth's CD...


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Subject: RE: Yeats poems set to music
From: MartinRyan
Date: 17 May 02 - 04:37 PM

Phil Callery sings the Loreena McKennit version, alright. It's one of the few settings of a well known poem that really catches the mood IMHO

Regards


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Subject: RE: Yeats poems set to music
From: Bearheart
Date: 17 May 02 - 07:45 PM

Thanks, everybody. Bill, I will check out the other threads, I am particularly fond of the song of Wandering Aengus.

Does anyone know if the Italian CD has tunes singable to the English versions?

Have heard Loreena M's version of Stolen Child, haven't got around to learning it.

Anyone who knows of CDs mentioned above could help out a lot if they could tell me where to get them...


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Subject: RE: Yeats poems set to music
From: GUEST,Callie
Date: 18 May 02 - 06:37 AM

John Tavener (the younger, obviously) set "To A Child Dancing In the Wind", "When You Are Old and Full of Sleep" and others to music. The songs are sung by Patricia Rozario. I think the cd is called "To A Child Dancing in the Wind".

Van Morrison set "Before the World Was Made" to music on "Too Long In Exile".

Both cds are readily available

regards Callie


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Subject: RE: Yeats poems set to music
From: Willa
Date: 18 May 02 - 08:46 AM

Anife Clancy does a wonderful version of "The Lake Isle of Innisfree". (Cherish the Ladies,Threads of Time RCA Victor).


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Subject: RE: Yeats poems set to music - Doug Saum
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 May 02 - 01:38 PM

There's a man in our area (Northern California/Nevada) who has set a number of Yeats poems to music. He did a pretty good job, I think - although I admit I listened to his CD's only once. His name is Doug Saum (click).
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Yeats poems set to music
From: GUEST,Adolfo
Date: 18 May 02 - 04:16 PM

My memories must have gone nuts. I thought this Branduardi's work on Yeats was sung both in Italian and English. I heard it long ago...so along ago that I must have mixed up both languages. I'd swear that I heard it in English too! http://www.branduardi.com/parolesita.htm


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Subject: RE: Yeats poems set to music
From: GUEST,Doug Saum
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 08:26 PM

To those interested in Yeats to music you may wish to check out my catalog at CDbaby. Six CD's of Yeats so far. Thanks, Doug Saum


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Subject: RE: Yeats poems set to music
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 11:49 PM

In 1986 my Italian folk singer songwriter hero, Angelo Branduardi, recorded an album with 10 poems of Yeats translated into Italian which he set to music. These included: The Swans At Coole, Innisfree, An Irish Airman Foresees His Death, To A Child Dancing in the Wind, The Fiddler of Dooney, Down By The Salley Gardens etc. The album title was appropriately "Branduardi Canta Yeats".

The tunes, being Branduardi's own, make for an interesting reflection on the inspiration afforded by lyrics/poems when taken out of their original language. Here, it is the ideas that generate the inspiration, not the musicality of the original verse. Though I had to smile at Branduardi's interpretation of the Fiddle Of Dooney, he clearly tried to inject some Irishness into it - I am not sure if he managed it.

A number of the tracks are shown on youTube in live performance from a 1986 concert at the Grand Echiquier in France. Feast your ears...

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
Down By The Salley Gardens
The Swans At Coole
The Fiddler of Dooney


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Subject: RE: Yeats poems set to music
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 02:23 AM

One of the Clancy Brothers [Tom, I think?] used to *recite* "O'Driscoll Drove With A Song" as part of their act.

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Yeats poems set to music
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 05:07 AM

The Waterboys' 'Appointment with Mr Yeats'


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Subject: RE: Yeats poems set to music
From: GUEST,Doug Saum
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 11:38 AM

FYI - First Songs: Lullabies for Ireland (17 songs), The Rose @ The Crossway (24 songs), The Wind, the Reeds, and the Seven Woods (45 songs), Responsibilities (25 songs), The Wild Swans @ Coole (45 songs), Youth and Age (34 songs. All Yeats all the time.
Doug Saum/Reno


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Subject: RE: Yeats poems set to music
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Oct 12 - 03:56 PM

In the Deep Heart's Core
Songs from the Poetry of W. B. Yeats
By Joseph Sobol

Volume 1: "I Am of Ireland"
Volume 2: "Cast a Cold Eye"

Release date: January 28, 2004
Chicago Preview release: October 24-25, 2003

Announcing the complete 2-CD release of a contemporary masterwork:
"In the Deep Heart's Core." Joseph Daniel Sobol's sweeping song cycle from the poetry of Irish Nobel Laureate William Butler Yeats

"In the Deep Heart's Core," Volume Two: "Cast a Cold Eye," illuminates the work of the mature mystic whose tragic intensity, spiritual breadth and mastery of language tower over 20th century poetry. Includes "Running to Paradise, "Wild Swans at Coole," "The Cat and the Moon," "The Wild Old Wicked Man," and five songs in the voice of Yeats's feminine alter ego, Crazy Jane; sixteen songs and three spoken pieces in all. This is an all-new recording of the second half of Sobol's song cycle, which received a Joseph Jefferson Citation for Outstanding Original Score in its Chicago stage debut.

Originally released in 1995, "In the Deep Heart's Core," Volume One: "I Am of Ireland," highlights the youthful genius of the "Celtic Twilight," creator of the signature poetry of the Irish Renaissance: "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," "Into the Twilight," The Fiddler of Dooney," "Host of the Air," "Song of the Wandering Aengus," and others reflecting Yeats's passion for Ireland, for poetry, and for his elusive Beloved; twelve songs and three spoken pieces in all, along with leaping Irish dance tunes and poignant traditional airs. This is a newly expanded and re-mastered edition, which brings the entire work to its intended scope and grandeur.

These classic W. B. Yeats poems have been set to music and arranged by Joseph Daniel Sobol, in a style that seamlessly melds Irish tradition, contemporary folk, classical, jazz, and world musics. They are magnificently performed by singers Kathy Cowan, Tom Orf, Joseph Sobol, and the band Kiltartan Road, featuring Sobol's distinctive playing on 6 and 12 string guitars, cittern, and harp guitar, along with piano, fiddle, bass, percussion, and reeds. It is a song cycle in the classic mold, a set of hauntingly beautiful melodies which happen to have for lyrics some of the greatest poems in the English language.


[QUOTES:]

"Simply not to be missed. This musical adaptation remains true to the master poet's vision, transporting the heart and spirit into sacred realms through the alchemy of music and language."
—Irish-American News

". . . A RAPTUROUS WEAVE of the IRRESISTABLE sounds of Irish music and the steely but lyrical magic that animates the words of one of Ireland's most celebrated poets, W. B. Yeats."
--Chicago Sun-Times

"A JOY. POETRY TO THE EARS. Alternately tender and rousing. . . . Warming each note with Gaelic charm and unaffected purity, Cowan's richly textured delivery lifts the "Innisfree" ballad to folk glory."
--Chicago Tribune

"Joseph Sobol has composed music that fits the sense and mood of Yeats's poems, but the music is so distinctively Irish that people partial to that genre would like this piece even if they were not familiar with Yeats. In addition to being an homage to the poet, this show is A GREAT IRISH SONGFEST. . . ."
--Philadelphia Inquirer

"ENCHANTING, endearing, yet so rich in things we didn't know till now."
--Studs Terkel, author and radio host

"An extraordinarily rich and beautiful evocation of the genius of Yeats and of his beloved Ireland."
--James Flannery, Emory University,
Director, Yeats International Theatre Festival        


CONTACT:

Kiltartan Road Music                OR:
c/o Joseph Sobol                c/o Kathy Cowan
211 E. Main St.                        2674 N. Burling
Jonesborough TN 37659                Chicago IL 60614
423-753-2306                        773-871-5142
sobol@etsu.edu                        cowansong@aol.com

                website: http://www.kiltartanroad.com


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