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Rex Lelacheur
1910 - 1984
Great Britain, England / Canada
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R. Lelacheur
Rex Lelacheur (05/01/1910 - 07/01/1984), a Canadian composer, baritone, choir conductor, born in Guernsey, Channel Islands, died in Ottawa. He studied first in Guernsey with his father, F.M. LeLacheur. He moved to Canada in 1927 and studied music in Toronto with the English musician John Hughes Howell and with H.A. Fricker. He sang on radio in Toronto, performed occasionally with Ernest Dainty's trio, and was a finalist in the 1944 'Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air'. He moved to Ottawa, where he worked for a time in insurance, but in 1951 he resumed full-time musical activity, teaching, conducting choirs, and composing. The same year he recorded six songs with harp accompaniment for Dominion. Although mainly a choral composer, LeLacheur also completed Sonata da chiesa (1957) for the carillonneur Robert Donnell. Songs and choral pieces, published by Canadian Music Sales, Leeds, Harris, Chappell, and Archambault, include 'Forever England' (1940, performed by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir) and 'Centennial Hymn' (1967). He wrote two recitations for Anna Russell. His choral works were performed by the Rex LeLacheur Singers (1956-84), a 50-voice mixed choir which recorded parts 3 and 4 of his cantata The Resurrection and the Ascension.
Sing no sad songs
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1970
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
"Sing no sad songs", published 1970, for SATB chorus a cappella.
When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.

Christina Rossetti
(from Goblin Market and other Poems, published 1862)
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