Entente Cordiale: French and English Song

Our programme explores the cultural love-affair between England and France, in particular the romantic tropes and shared reference points: these include Fauré’s and Vaughan Williams’ settings of Verlaine’s poem Prison, Britten’s folk-song settings in English and French, and Richard Rodney Bennett’s jazz-infused A History of the Thé Dansant. Contemporary songs by Dominic Muldowney and David Owen Norris complement songs from the early C20th by Cole Porter and Poulenc.

The Programme

Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
To a Poet

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)
The Sky Above The Roof

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Trois Mélodies de Venise: Mandoline, En Sourdine and Green

Michael Head (1900-1976) Three Songs of Venice: The Gondolier, St. Mark’s Square and Rain Storm

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) French and English Folk Songs: Eho! Eho!, Il est quelqu’un sur terre, Salley Gardens, Oliver Cromwell

John Ireland (1879-1962) In A May Morning from Sarnia (piano solo)

Dominic Muldowney (1952 – ) In Paris With You

David Owen Norris (1953 – ) Big Ben Blues

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) Les Chemins de l’Amour

Cole Porter (1891-1964) C’est Magnifique

Richard Rodney Bennett (1954–2012) The History of the Thé Dansant

Entente Cordiale