• John Bevan Baker

    Songs of Courtship and Other Works

    Hebrides Ensemble

    Songs of Courtship and Other Works 1 cd CKD 286
    Linn Records

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Songs of Courtship were set to music by Bevan Baker in 1992 for the Black Isle Singers. The poems, written by Mao Shih in the 7th century BC, were translated from the Ancient Chinese in 1946 by Arthur Waley. John loved them and maintained that they had ‘a simple directness which could have been written Yesterday'.
 

The courtship songs, richly imaginative, vary greatly in metre and in their treatment of the enigmatic oriental lyrics, some being lightfooted, some more robust, always rhythmically challenging. The ‘Wedding Song' is a triumphant, rejoicing finale.