From Volume 1 of Britten's folk song arrangements and dedicated to Pears's singing teacher in the s, Clytie Mundy. It was composed sometime before 11 December , which is believed to be the date of the song's first performance by Britten and Pears part of a concert at the Cosmopolitan Club in New York. It has been published in 5 versions: high voice and piano, medium voice and piano, unison voices and piano, high voice and string orchestra, and high voice and orchestra. If you know a key word or title from any song cycle, movement or individual song then use the Search too. If you are looking for a range of songs that fit your specific requirements then use the Refine tool where you can select from a number of options.

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Britten made arrangements of seven folksongs from the British Isles in the early s. War had begun in Europe and he was concerned about the welfare of family and friends in the UK so it is little wonder that he turned his attention to the folk melodies of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Photographer: unidentified.

He eventually compiled six volumes of Folk Song Arrangements. Both men had great respect and affection for her, so it is particularly appropriate that a vocal piece that became a staple of their repertoire, and a firm favourite with audiences, should be dedicated to her they later named one of their pet dachsunds in honour of her!

Photographer: Jane Jacomb-Hood. However, Britten also made an arrangement of the song for high voice and string orchestra, as well as for high voice, bassoon or solo cello , harp or piano and strings. Thus, we have three touching arrangements of a much-loved song. The Salley Gardens.

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Down by the Salley Gardens

Yeats indicated in a note that it was "an attempt to reconstruct an old song from three lines imperfectly remembered by an old peasant woman in the village of Ballisodare , Sligo , who often sings them to herself. The similarity to the first verse of the Yeats version is unmistakable and would suggest that this was indeed the song Yeats remembered the old woman singing. The rest of the song, however, is quite different. It first appeared under its present title when it was reprinted in Poems in It has been suggested that the location of the "Salley Gardens" was on the banks of the river at Ballysadare near Sligo where the residents cultivated trees to provide roof thatching materials. It is close in sound to the Irish word saileach , meaning willow.


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