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"Affords scope for the singer with temperament"

The Western Mail, 1917

first few bars of sheet music fading out in a circle shape. Instruction 'Andante con moto'.

8: The Land of Hearts' Desire

Recording Artists: Iain Burnside & Sophie Bevan

Shaw had known Yeats since his bohemian days in Chelsea in the 1900s, when Yeats had been an admirer and supporter of the Purcell Operatic Society. However, by the time Shaw wanted to set this poem to music in 1917, friendship alone was not enough to guarantee his permission for Shaw to use his poem. Yeats dictated from the Savile Club that regrettably he was:

sticking to the point of all songs being submitted to Mrs Pound whose business is to judge how literature is served and improved by the music.... I will ask her to confirm her judgement to this literary matter alone. If I give up the point with one musician I must give it up with all, and I have been too much exasperated in the past.

This explains the attribution for the text being by WB Yeats, by permission of Mrs Ezra Pound.

The song is dedicated to Miss Eleanor Gregory. There is no immediate explanation for this dedication; in his Log Book Shaw notes the song with six others in November 1917, two months after the birth of his first child, John.

Shaw noted the time for this song as being 2 minutes 25 seconds.



WB Yeats (1865 - 1939) Curwen 1917 currently out of print