About this work
Originally composed for solo contralto or baritone and orchestra in 1902, this work was eventually published in 1904 in this simpler version for voice and piano.
The work is dedicated "To R. Kennerley Rumford, Esq.", a notable baritone recitalist and the husband of contralto Clara Butt (once a pupil of CBR's father Daniel Wilberforce Rootham). There is a short biography of Kennerley Rumford on Wikipedia.
Op.11 is one of several songs by CBR which can only be described as dramatic and tragic - even bloodthirsty. For examples, see Op.19 "The Ballad of Kingslea Mere" (1905) and Op.68 "The Twa Sisters o' Binnorie" (1922): no happy endings there...
Originally published by Boosey & Co in 1904, the sheet music for this song has been out of print for a long time. But the work has now been typeset, and we intend to publish it in the course of 2018.
About this recording
This synthesized playback was created by the free MuseScore notation software. Until we have a performance recording, we are providing this feature so that researchers can follow the score.