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Roger Cuthbert Quilter
1877 - 1953
Great Britain, England
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R.C. Quilter
Roger Cuthbert Quilter (01/11/1877 – 21/09/1953), an English composer, known particularly for his songs. Roger Quilter was born on 1 November 1877 in Hove, Sussex. One of the most successful and prolific of English song writers. He studied privately with Iwan Knorr at the Conservatory in Frankfurt, where fellow students included Grainger, Scott, Balfour Gardiner and O'Neill. Between 1900 and 1910 leading vocalists including Denham Price and Gervase Elwes took his songs into their repertoires, and his music quickly became popular with Edwardian public. Roger Quilter's Songs demonstrated a refined development from Victorian drawing room ballads. Principal influences were Schubert, Schumann, songs of Maude Valérie White, and French mélodies, particularly those by Fauré. A pivotal figure for generation of interwar song composers including Peter Warlock. Orchestral works, conducted by Henry Wood at Promenade Concerts, soon became light music favourites * Made many arrangements of traditional songs including those in The Arnold Book of Old Songs (1947). Master of lyrical line, sensitive accompaniment, and precise verbal accentuation. A composer who wrote exclusively for song not well known outside the rarefied world of 'Art Song' (classical song), his favourite poet was Shakespeare, and his settings are masterly and beyond compare. The music is complex, beautifully melodic, and encapsulates all that one would imagine of 'Englishness' in those times before and between the two world wars, when there was an innocence which emanated from English hedgerows and fields. He was homosexual, devastated by the death in WWI of his favourite nephew, and died insane on 21 September 1953 in London, England.
A song at parting
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1952
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
Duration:2'30
Label(s):Sony 88697139962
"A song at parting", published 1952, for voice and piano.
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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Chr. Rossetti
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